Eve

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Eve is Beninese singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo's first recording in nearly four years. Its title is inspired literally by her mother Yvonne's nickname, and metaphorically for the Judeo-Christian heritage's first woman. It is "dedicated to the women of Africa: to their resilience and their beauty." Produced by Patrick Dillett, the album was recorded in the U.S., France, Luxembourg, and Africa. The cast of musicians is stellar: Lionel Loueke and Dominic James on guitars, Steve Jordan on drums, Christian McBride on bass, and Jean Hébrail on programming and arrangements, plus a slew of percussionists and keyboardists and a horn section. Guests include Rostam Batmagli (Vampire...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Eve is Beninese singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo's first recording in nearly four years. Its title is inspired literally by her mother Yvonne's nickname, and metaphorically for the Judeo-Christian heritage's first woman. It is "dedicated to the women of Africa: to their resilience and their beauty." Produced by Patrick Dillett, the album was recorded in the U.S., France, Luxembourg, and Africa. The cast of musicians is stellar: Lionel Loueke and Dominic James on guitars, Steve Jordan on drums, Christian McBride on bass, and Jean Hébrail on programming and arrangements, plus a slew of percussionists and keyboardists and a horn section. Guests include Rostam Batmagli (Vampire Weekend), Dr. John, Bernie Worrell, Nigerian singer ASA, the Kronos Quartet, Steven Bernstein, Stuart Bogie, and, on the sweeping, nearly transcendent "Awalole," the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. This is no ordinary "world fusion" exercise. This is a modern pop record whose roots and rhythms are deep in African, Caribbean, and Latin traditions. After recording these tracks, Kidjo went to Africa with a six-track tape recorder and captured eight Beninese women's choirs in a variety of languages, Cotonou's fabulous Trio Teriba, and the Merti Samburu choir from Kenya, who are featured on "M'baamba (Kenyan Song)," a traditional song given a cooking, punchy modern arrangement full of whomping, entwined low-end basses, intricate guitar lines, and soaring organ. "Shango Wa" is boiling Afro-funk with swirling organ, hyperkinetic basslines, waves of rolling drums, nasty wah-wah guitar, and a women's choir soaring to meet Kidjo's propulsive vocal. The ballad "Blewu" is a stripped-down guitar-and-voice duet with countryman Loueke. "Bomba" -- one of two tracks featuring Batmagli on guitar -- is an ebullient call-and-response number where sky-scorching B-3, careening funky bass, and lyrical guitars surround the choir and Kidjo, who adds a soul tinge to her delivery, creating an irresistible contrast. "Kulumbu" is a folk song that jumps with Dr. John's pumping NOLA R&B piano. "Ebile," with Kronos, is one of the more unusual arrangements here, but because of its timbre, melody, vocal style, and raw polyrhythmic layers, feels nearly traditional. Another stunner is "Bana," where Kidjo sings with her mother and a choir as highlife, Beninese folk and pop, and Caribbean rhythms all come together infectiously. The driving Afro-Cuban funk in "Orisha," with its dirty keyboard bass and popping horns, is low-down and celebratory. Dillett's production is brilliant. He seamlessly weaves together the polished, pristine sounds of modern pop with organic sounds and textures, and captures the boundless energy of it all as if it were live. There are several milestones in Kidjo's nearly 30-year recording career; Eve is certainly one of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2014
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041796820
  • Catalog Number: 17968
  • Sales rank: 28,701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 M'baamba (Kenyan Song) (3:40)
  2. 2 Shango Wa (3:49)
  3. 3 Eva - Asa (3:21)
  4. 4 Interlude: Agbade (0:20)
  5. 5 Bomba - Rostan Batmaglij (3:44)
  6. 6 Hello - Trio Teriba (3:28)
  7. 7 Blewu (2:50)
  8. 8 Kamoushou (3:13)
  9. 9 Kulumbu (3:42)
  10. 10 Interlude: Kletedjan (0:22)
  11. 11 Ebile (3:02)
  12. 12 Awalole - Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (3:39)
  13. 13 Bana - Yvonne Kidjo (2:45)
  14. 14 Orisha (3:26)
  15. 15 Interlude: Wayi (0:44)
  16. 16 Cauri (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angélique Kidjo Primary Artist
Dr. John Piano
Bernie Worrell Organ
Jerry Barnes Bass
Hank Dutt Viola
Romero Lubambo Acoustic Guitar
Christian McBride Bass
John Sherba Violin
Mark de Gli Antoni Keyboards
Sunny Yang Cello
Mauro Refosco Percussion
Bahnamous Lee Bowie Keyboards
Steve Jordan Drums
Asa Vocals
Stuart Bogie Saxophone
Massimo Biolcati Bass
Lionel Loueke Guitar
Benoît Avihoue Percussion
Crespin Kpitiki Percussion
David Harrington Violin
Jared Tankel Baritone Saxophone
Gast Waltzing Conductor
Magatte Sow Percussion
Joao Mota Guitar
Tuelo Minah Background Vocals
Thomas Barlett Keyboards
Dominic James Bass, Guitar
Steve Bernstein Trumpet
Dave Smoota Smith Trombone
Miwanonvi Choir Choir, Chorus
Mivressou Mahounan Choir, Chorus
Metchi Leontine Choir, Chorus
Merti Samburu Choir Choir, Chorus
Medagbe Chadjehouin Choir, Chorus
Manu Agossou Bass
Manoutche Rose Choir, Chorus
Mahougbo Emma Choir, Chorus
Lokossou Elisabeth Choir, Chorus
Libanio Moyibath Choir, Chorus
Libanio Idamath Choir, Chorus
Libanio Falifah Choir, Chorus
Libanio Ayissah Choir, Chorus
Libanio Adidja Choir, Chorus
Kpodo Celestine Choir, Chorus
Kpatoukpa Agnes Choir, Chorus
Kouvo Odile Choir, Chorus
Kossilate Choir Choir, Chorus
Kopdeme Julienne Choir, Chorus
Kogbona Alimath Choir, Chorus
Kledje Abla Romaine Choir, Chorus
Kekereina Rahinatou Choir, Chorus
Kedagni Delphine Choir, Chorus
Justia Kelador Choir, Chorus
Josapha Hounmou Drums
Jocelyne Kouessiba Choir, Chorus
Jessounoukon Choir Choir, Chorus
Ila Clementine Choir, Chorus
Ifedoun Choir Choir, Chorus
Ibitayo Choir Choir, Chorus
Hounye Lucienne Choir, Chorus
Hounto Christine Choir, Chorus
Hounkponou Eugenie Choir, Chorus
Hounkandji Severine Choir, Chorus
Houngbo Marie Choir, Chorus
Houndayi Celine Choir, Chorus
Houeto Catherine Choir, Chorus
Houahito Eugenie Choir, Chorus
Hodonou Anita Choir, Chorus
Hazoume Lucienne Choir, Chorus
Gomoulo Agathe Choir, Chorus
Gnahoui Romaine Choir, Chorus
Gboyou Yvette Choir, Chorus
Gboyou Victorine Choir, Chorus
Gbessi Therese Choir, Chorus
Gbessi Noubouli Choir, Chorus
Fernando Aminath Choir, Chorus
Fellodi Ayenidje Choir, Chorus
Fantodji Amandine Choir, Chorus
Fando Philomene Choir, Chorus
Eki Solange Choir, Chorus
Dovi Elisabeth Choir, Chorus
Donouvossi Basilia Choir, Chorus
Djossou Veronique Choir, Chorus
Djomou Marie Choir, Chorus
Djivoh Angele Choir, Chorus
Djidonou Monique Choir, Chorus
Djaho Navi Choir, Chorus
Djaho Adelaide Choir, Chorus
Deguenon-Vo Gamou Tien Choir, Chorus
Dato Medomin Choir, Chorus
Dato Grace Choir, Chorus
Dato Edith Choir, Chorus
Danon Odette Choir, Chorus
Danon Marie Choir, Chorus
Dandji Victorine Choir, Chorus
Chankouin Constantine Choir, Chorus
Chacran Mouninatou Choir, Chorus
Boya Yoyo Choir, Chorus
Bognon Fernande Choir, Chorus
Bobonyon Choir Choir, Chorus
Beakou Charlotte Choir, Chorus
Beakou Adjideva Elisa Choir, Chorus
Balogou Silifath Choir, Chorus
Attaligbo Adidjath Choir, Chorus
Amoussou Ablavi Choir, Chorus
Amandjikpe Euloge Choir, Chorus
Allomafan Bernadette Choir, Chorus
Allihan Mariette Choir, Chorus
Alagbe Sekinath Choir, Chorus
Alagbe Dessinatou Choir, Chorus
Aladja Salamatou Choir, Chorus
Akplogan Juliette Choir, Chorus
Ahoton Justine Choir, Chorus
Ahizonou Assamaton Choir, Chorus
Ahissou Tatiana Choir, Chorus
Ahissou Carine Choir, Chorus
Agli Catherine Choir, Chorus
Agboton Florence Choir, Chorus
Agbodji Jeanne Choir, Chorus
Affo Wouramath Choir, Chorus
Adjaossou Miamnou Choir, Chorus
Achade Djelissatou Choir, Chorus
Abogourin Zekiath Choir, Chorus
Zossoungbo Rosine Choir, Chorus
Zannou Yvette Choir, Chorus
Yokpo Cariole Choir, Chorus
Yelognisse Choir Choir, Chorus
Yedjenou Chantal Choir, Chorus
Vo Hounkpevi Choir, Chorus
Tsholo Mokubung Background Vocals
Trio Teriba Choir, Chorus
Toudonou Aline Choir, Chorus
Tingougoui Bernadette Choir, Chorus
Tchokki Julienne Choir, Chorus
Sowanou Delphine Choir, Chorus
Sossoungbo Genevieve Choir, Chorus
Some Yeyime Choir, Chorus
Sogbossi Zihoue Choir, Chorus
Sogba Zenabou Choir, Chorus
Sodji Labichi Justine Choir, Chorus
Sindagbe Philomene Choir, Chorus
Rostan Batmaglij Guitar, Keyboards
Orou Koudiratou Choir, Chorus
Oke Julienne Choir, Chorus
Oke Doukpe Choir, Chorus
Odoulami Bibiane Choir, Chorus
Noukpliguidi Bella Choir, Chorus
Nodeme Choir Choir, Chorus
Niki Lydia Choir, Chorus
N'Touhou Ouintchi Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Patrick Dillett Producer, Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Jean Hébrail Arranger, Composer, Programming
Angélique Kidjo Composer, Adaptation
Stewart Lerman Engineer
Kevin Morris Management
Terri Winston Engineer
Chris Simon Engineer
Bella Bellow Composer
Jacob Garchik String Arrangements
Traditional Composer
Laura Dean Engineer
Jack Rovner Management
Ted Kurland Booking
Paul Ritter Art Direction
Gast Waltzing Arranger
Laurent Dupuy Engineer
Bukola Elemide Composer
Fred Gluzman Booking
Sabine Girbeau Booking
Gerard Fanouvi Engineer
Fadar So Composer
Clementine Bunel Booking
Veronique Kolasa Producer, Art Direction
Oscar Kidjo Engineer
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