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Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Benin-born Afropop star Angelique Kidjo will rock you, but her music is ultimately a wave of higher consciousness. Oremi ("Friends"), her fifth album, makes the first stop of a projected trilogy in the U.S. and creates a c... more »
Benin-born Afropop star Angelique Kidjo will rock you, but her music is ultimately a wave of higher consciousness. Oremi ("Friends"), her fifth album, makes the first stop of a projected trilogy in the U.S. and creates a coalition between the sounds and spirits of Africa and R&B. The set jumps off with a soul to soul gesture--Kidjo's powerhouse take on "Voodoo Child," Jimi Hendrix's prescient nod to his origins. Collaborations with Robbie Neville, Cassandra Wilson, Branford Marsalis, and Kelly Price range from stunning to intoxicating, as in Price and Kidjo's "Open Your Eyes" duet. Kidjo scores as strongly solo and never stoops to preach. "Babalao" is this African sage's moving plea for the world's youth, while "Yaki" is her impish cackle at pretension taking a well-deserved pratfall. --Elena Oumano
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Reviewed on 12/18/2013...
i love this artist. angelique kidjo combines african culture with bits of latin rhythyms, bound together with strong, clear vocals.
it's hard to pick a favorite cut.
good choice, great swapa!
A west African jewel
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album,the most recent of Angelique Kidjo's many releases, is a racier and upbeat return to the artiste's Euro-laced African pop. Apart from intriguing yet simple melodies, what will surprise many serious music lovers, who may otherwise dismiss this as a pop album, and therefore of no consequence, is the line-up of musical luminaries who play on this album. Among them, saxophonist Branford Marsallis, keyboardist Kenny Kirkland and bass phenomenon Bakhiti Khumalo. Add to these a whole slew of lesser known African talents. And, as always, Angelique Kidjo is a treat to listen to. She's bridged Euro-pop and African melodies in a pleasing and highly energetic mix that goes straight to the head and heart. A must listen for anyone with even a faint interest in World Music."
5 Stars Plus
S. E. Mcmillan | Washington, DC United States | 11/12/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"They don't allow enough STARS for this one. An excellent CD. I have absolutely no idea what she is saying on most of the songs, but the rhythmic beat and chants are so soothing and appealing. My favorite, however is track number 7, "Open your eyes" which is great song with a strong message. For all African Americans who want to be in touch with their culture, they should give this CD a try. Personally, I travel with this CD everywhere, with it set on repeat. I highly recommend this to all ages, all races."