Djin Djin

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
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: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018296724
  • Catalog Number: 82967
  • Sales rank: 16,181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ae Ae (3:31)
  2. 2 Djin Djin - Alicia Keys (4:18)
  3. 3 Gimme Shelter - Joss Stone (4:08)
  4. 4 Salala (3:24)
  5. 5 Senamou - Amadou & Mariam (3:44)
  6. 6 Pearls - Josh Groban (5:05)
  7. 7 Sedjedo - Ziggy Marley (3:56)
  8. 8 Papa (4:34)
  9. 9 Arouna (3:35)
  10. 10 Awan N'La (3:29)
  11. 11 Emma (3:29)
  12. 12 Mama Golo Papa (3:41)
  13. 13 Lonlon (4:54)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Take a Listen!

    I picked this up just browsing by... Peter Gabiel, Santana, Alicia - and they only enhance Angelique Kidjo's talent. Addictive and infective, you will love it (even if you can't understand it)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    I ran across Angelique Kidjo because I like Josh Groban, and he sings a duet with her in "Pearls" so I downloaded it on iTunes. Well, I liked it, and looked her up. Being that "Pearls" is on this CD I bought it - and I am very glad I did! This is an excellent album, and I'm planning on getting more of hers. It doesn't matter that I can't understand a lot of the songs, she sings with such meaning that you don't need to understand the words to get a feeling.

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