Oyo CD (2010)

Artist: Angelique Kidjo

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Label Razor And Tie Records/sbme
SKU 213776527
UPC 793018306225
UPC 14 00793018306225
Format CD
Release Date 4/6/2010
Author Angelique Kidjo
Associated Artist/Work Naru, Akua
Technical Info
Engineer Justin Gerrish; Russell Elevado; Larry Gold
Producer Jean Hebrail; Angelique Kidjo
CatalogID 7930183062
Lable Name Razor & Tie
Released 03/30/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 37s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00793018306225
Musical Guests
Roy Hargrove
John Legend
Dianne Reeves
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Lionel Loueke (guitar); Mamadou Diabate (kora); Igor Szwec, Emma Kummrow (violin); Davis Barnett (viola); James Cooper (cello); Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Aaron Johnson , The Antibalas Horns , Alex Harding, Stuart Bogie, Jordan McLean, Martin Perna, Cochemea Gastelum (horns); Balla Kouyate (balafon); Christian McBride (upright bass); Kendrick Scott (drums); Thiokho Diagne (percussion); Tsholofetso Mokubung, Thandi Bhengu, Clement Hlongwane, Tuelo Minah (background vocals).
Recording information: Avatar Studios; The Studio, Philadelphia.
Editor: Cyrille Taillandier.
Photographer: Alexei Hay.
Arrangers: Jean H?brail; Lionel Loueke.
Ang?lique Kidjo was born in Cotonou, Benin, but like many modern African artists, she's gone her own way, using traditional music to forge her own personal hybrid of African, European, and American pop. On this album Kidjo pays tribute to the people who inspired her career, including her mother, Miriam Makeba, and American R&B artists like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Otis Redding. And while the tunes Kidjo tackles may be familiar, her arrangements turn them inside out and shed new light on their African roots. "Cold Sweat" gets a take that salutes the Afro-beat of Fela Kuti, who used Brown's funk for his own music. The rhythm-heavy track swings like mad, with Kidjo's powerful vocal climbing the scale and weaving in and around the backbeat. She bases her version of "Mbube" (better known in the U.S. as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight") on the singing of Makeba, and uses the original Zulu lyrics. A simple acoustic guitar and percussion arrangement gives Kidjo room to show off her impressive range and emotional skill. Kidjo used to make up words to the American songs she couldn't understand, and sings Yoruba lyrics to Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember." Its Memphis-meets-Cotonou approach is intensified by the female backing vocalists and Kidjo's wailing high end. Bollywood tunes were also a big part of Kidjo's upbringing. On "Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka," a hit by Mohammed Rafi, Steve Gorn drops a flute solo that recalls a Zulu pennywhistle into a Congolese rhythm track. Kidjo's originals include "Kelele," a sprightly highlife tune, and "Afia," a re-Africanized samba written with Brazilian guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria. ~ j. poet
Disc 1
1 Zelie
2 Samba Pa Ti [Yoruba Version] - (featuring Roy Hargrove)
3 Move on Up
4 Lakutshona Llanga
5 I've Got Dreams to Remember [Yoruba Version]
6 Kelele
7 Baby, I Love You
8 Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka [From Aan]
9 Petite Fleur
10 Afia
11 Cold Sweat
12 Out of Africa [Mina Version] [From Out of Africa]
13 Mbube
14 Atcha Houn
15 You Can Count On Me
16 Agbalagba
Product Attributes
Artist Kidjo,Angelique
Label Razor And Tie Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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