Djin Djin

Djin Djin

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by Angélique Kidjo
     
 

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Coming full circle, Angelique Kidjo returns to her Beninese roots for the star-studded Djin Djin album, whose title, which loosely translates as Seize the Day, aptly sums up the set and its themes. Djin Djin kicks off with the bright and breezy "Ae Ae," just the type of irrepressible pop/world-without-borders number that regularly takes all ofSee more details below

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Coming full circle, Angelique Kidjo returns to her Beninese roots for the star-studded Djin Djin album, whose title, which loosely translates as Seize the Day, aptly sums up the set and its themes. Djin Djin kicks off with the bright and breezy "Ae Ae," just the type of irrepressible pop/world-without-borders number that regularly takes all of Europe by storm, booming out of clubs from Iceland to Ibiza. It's so infectious that, even though the lyrics are apparently in Spanish, the entire continent joins in regardless, although few will grasp its serious message of the economic distress driving Africans onto European shores. Slightly more sophisticated but equally irresistible is "Papa," an urban club monster-to-be whose blistering rhythms vie with Kidjo's belted-out vocals, all wrapped in a supple arrangement that beautifully blends funk, soul, Afro-beat, and more. And then there's the funky, carnival-styled cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," which almost seems to celebrate rape and murder. Kidjo's anger is more evident on "Senamou," featuring old friends Amadou & Mariam, a song themed around the upper crust's bling-shackled life, and whose universal truths are reflected in an arrangement that combines African, Middle Eastern, funk, and rock elements. Carlos Santana's elegant guitar illuminates "Pearls," while Kidjo and Josh Groban valiantly try to give weight to Sade's bathos-bathed lyrics. Much better are the haunting title track, featuring Alicia Keys and Branford Marsalis; the smoldering "Salala," which twins the singer with Peter Gabriel; and the Afro-reggae "Sedjedo," where she's joined by Ziggy Marley. "Arouna" also has a reggae tinge around its Arab-esque arrangement, and celebrates individuality on a crowded planet. "Emma," in contrast, explores isolation, and does it with a country twang, a styling that also infects the bouncier "Mama Golo Papa." With the final track, "Lonlon," Kidjo completes the journey, across an inspired vocal version of Ravel's "Bolero," a piece that itself broadly hinted at the ties between North and South, East and West, connections made even clearer here. With its many moods, fusions of styles, exploration of serious issues, uplifting themes, and alternately haunting or infectious melodies, Djin Djin is a stunning set, enhanced by the efforts of the fabulous musicians within and Tony Visconti's masterful production. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018296724
catalogNumber:
82967
Rank:
78433

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angélique Kidjo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Vocals
Poogie Bell   Drums
Thandi Bhengu   Background Vocals
Larry Campbell   Steel Guitar
Habib Faye   Bass
Matt Goeke   Strings
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Branford Marsalis   Saxophone,Soloist
Ziggy Marley   Vocals
Joao (Tombo) Mota   Guitar
Gregor Kitzis   Strings
Carlos Santana   Guitar
Keziah Jones   Guitar,Soloist
Aaron Johnson   Horn
Dominic Kanza   Guitar
Onree Gill   Keyboards
Colin Stetson   Horn
Amadou Bagayoko   Guitar,Soloist
Stuart Bogie   Horn
Alicia Keys   Vocals
Josh Groban   Vocals
Joss Stone   Vocals
Lionel Loueke   Guitar
Jordan McLean   Horn
Benoît Avihoue   Percussion
Crespin Kpitiki   Percussion
Tsholofetso Mokubung   Background Vocals
Gabriel Schaff   Strings
Nompumelelo Skakane   Background Vocals
Ron Lawrence   Strings

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Jean Hébrail   Vocal Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Angélique Kidjo   Arranger,Composer
George Marino   Mastering
Kevin Morris   Management
Jim Reitzel   Guitar Engineer
Tony Visconti   Producer,Audio Production
Victor Florencia   Vocal Engineer
Marc Moreau   Vocal Engineer
Jack Rovner   Management
Mario J. McNulty   Engineer

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