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Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Angelique Kidjo digs into her roots with her new Razor & Tie release, Oyo. Roots that reach far beyond her West African homeland of Benin, because Grammy Award winning singer,dancer and songwriter Kidjo is a definitive 21s... more »
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Angelique Kidjo digs into her roots with her new Razor & Tie release, Oyo. Roots that reach far beyond her West African homeland of Benin, because Grammy Award winning singer,dancer and songwriter Kidjo is a definitive 21st century world artist. Her art roves across boundaries, genres and ethnicities, finding the connections that link musical forms from every part of the world,while still bonding closely with her own traditions. The songs on Oyo,embrace rhythm & blues, soul music, jazz,and Beniese melodies,as well as four of her own original works. Featuring her unique interpretations of songs from artists as diverse as James Brown, Otis Redding,Miriam Makeba, and Santana and including guests John Legend,Bono, Roy Hargrove and Dianne Reeves. Oyo is a truly diverse collection reflecting the music that inspired Angelique growing up.
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Excellent - As Expected
Danielita | U. S. | 04/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a music lover, get this. I have 3 of her prior CDs & this one is consistent w/the others I have - just really good music. I don't care for tracks 9,10 & 11, but I still give this outing five stars. If you don't move while listening t/some of the tracks, oh well . . . ."
Out of Africa
Amaranth | Northern California | 05/29/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Oyo" is an amazing new album from Benin's Angelique Kidjo. In her previous album, Djin Djin,she collaborated with her favorite artists, from Carlos Santana to Josh Groban and Joss Stone. This time, she covers songs that influenced her when she was young. She collaborates with Diane Reeves (The Best of Dianne Reeves),Bono (U218 Singles),Roy Hargrove (Ear Food) and John Legend (Evolver).
Kidjo does an Africanized, powerful version of Santana's "Samba Pa Ti" with Roy Hargrove. She sings with Bono and John Legend in "Move on up." "Kelele" is an ode to African highlife music, while "Afia" is an ode to Brazil. "Cold Sweat" is a tribute to James Brown. She covers "Mbube",a song that was a notable duet between the late Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte. In "Dil Mein Chhupa Ke Pyar Ka Too",Kidjo effectively covers a Bollywood hit. In "Out of Africa",she sings the theme for the Sidney Pollack movie (Out of Africa: 25th Anniversary (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)),but with a more African flavor. "Petite Fleur" is a tribute to the jazz great Sidney Bechet. There are two closing bonus tracks-"You can count on me",which is a theme for a UNICEF campaign to combat infant tetanus, and the reflective "Agblagba", inspired by (Say You're One of Them (Oprah's Book Club))
"Oyo" is one of 2010's great albums. Relax and enjoy!"