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Oyo (2010)

Artist: Angelique Kidjo
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Format: CD
Sku: 213776527
UPC: 793018306225
UPC 14: 00793018306225
Release Date: 4/6/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Zelie ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
2. Samba Pa Ti [Yoruba Version] - (featuring Roy Hargrove) ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
3. Move on Up ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
4. Lakutshona Llanga ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
5. I've Got Dreams to Remember [Yoruba Version] ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
6. Kelele ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
7. Baby, I Love You ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
8. Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka [From Aan] ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
9. Petite Fleur ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
10. Afia ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
11. Cold Sweat ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
12. Out of Africa [Mina Version] [From Out of Africa] ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
13. Mbube ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
14. Atcha Houn ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
15. You Can Count On Me ~ Ang?lique Kidjo
16. Agbalagba ~ Ang?lique Kidjo

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios; The Studio, Philadelphia.
Muze PNote Editor: Cyrille Taillandier.
Muze PNote Photographer: Alexei Hay.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Jean H?brail; Lionel Loueke.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Jean Hebrail; Angelique Kidjo

Engineer: Justin Gerrish; Russell Elevado; Larry Gold

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Roy Hargrove
Muze Guest Artist John Legend
Muze Guest Artist Dianne Reeves

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations African Playground
Muze Music Compilations Dreamland World Lullabies & Soothing
Muze Music Compilations In The Name Of Love:africa Celebrates
Muze Music Compilations Annie Lennox Collection (w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Annie Lennox Collection
Muze Music Compilations Red Hot Plus Rio 2
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Conversations With Christian
Muze Music Compilations Say Africa
Muze Music Compilations Acoustic Africa
Muze Music Compilations Acoustic Africa
Muze Music Compilations An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Rough Guide To African Lullabies
Muze Music Compilations Red Hot Plus Fela
Muze Music Compilations House Party

Associated Artists and Works

Naru, Akua

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/30/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7930183062
Music Label Name Label : Razor & Tie
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00793018306225

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Kidjo,Angelique
Product attributeLabel:   Razor And Tie Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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