Keep on Moving: The Best of Angelique Kidjoby Angélique Kidjo
She's a star the length and breadth of Africa as well as in Europe, but Angélique Kidjo's continuing anonymity in the U.S. remains a mystery. The Beninoise firecracker has been the recipient of dogged label support, lavish artist tributes, high-profile gigs, and is blessed with a huge voice and restless pop vision. Perhaps these last two, and the efforts of a new label, Columbia, coupled with a summer 2001 tour with Dave Matthews and Macy Gray, will propel Kidjo into the limelight where she belongs. At the very least, they make Keep on Moving a rollicking introduction to a real African diva. Front-loaded with Kidjo's English-language covers (one of the fistful of languages she's fluent in), "Summertime" and an audacious take on Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile," this best-of is calculated to lessen Kidjo's world music otherness in exchange for an international pop profile. And why not? She holds her own alongside guests Kelly Price ("Open Your Eyes") and Carlos Santana ("Naïma"), and as these selections from all five of her albums prove, her programming-pumped drum sound has shown an affinity for house music and hip-hop from day one. At the least, Keep on Moving delivers on its titular promise. And with any luck, it'll earn Angélique Kidjo the respect she deserves.
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- Wrasse Records
Performance CreditsAngélique Kidjo Primary Artist,Vocals
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Carlos Santana Track Performer
Kelly Price Track Performer
Thierry Vaton Piano,fender rhodes
Technical CreditsDavid Z. Producer,Engineer
Joe Galdo Producer
Jean Hébrail Programming,Producer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Angélique Kidjo Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Will Mowat Producer
Brian Poer Engineer
Ron Lowe Engineer
Christian Lachenal Programming
Chris Habeck Engineer
Ed Gerrard Management
Brad Goodman Producer
Peter Himberger Management
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I THINK THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING TO KNOW THE BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN SOUNDS. IT'S EVEN COOL FOR SOME YOUNGER AUDIENCES, BECAUSE IT IS A MIX OF POP WITH AFRICAN MUSIC. IF YOU'RE A FAN OF WORLD MUSIC, YOU MUST LISTEN TO MISS KIDJO. PEACE.
This album was my first taste of Angelique Kidjo. It was given to me by a friend. What an amazing artist. Sweet,rough,and very very dancable music from beginning to end. This ''best of'' album is a must have for any collection.
I was in a store and heard Angelique Kidjo's version of ''Summertime'' playing. I could have sworn it was Miriam Mkabe - they sound very similar. I love this CD, I dance to it all the time :) She's got a neat mix of styles - African, Latin, French, jazz, even some pop music (but not too much pop that it hurts to listen to the singing.) I especially like her song with Santana...