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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Angélique 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 ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Angélique 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018306225
  • Catalog Number: 83062
  • Sales rank: 103,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zelie (2:03)
  2. 2 Samba Pa Ti (3:37)
  3. 3 Move On Up - John Legend (3:45)
  4. 4 Lakutshona Llanga (2:16)
  5. 5 I've Got Dreams to Remember (3:52)
  6. 6 Kelele (3:41)
  7. 7 Baby, I Love You - Dianne Reeves (3:10)
  8. 8 Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka (3:50)
  9. 9 Petite Fleur (2:19)
  10. 10 Afia (4:13)
  11. 11 Cold Sweat (4:03)
  12. 12 Out Of Africa (3:08)
  13. 13 Mbube (4:28)
  14. 14 Atcha Houn (1:37)
  15. 15 You Can Count On Me (3:09)
  16. 16 Agbalagba (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angélique Kidjo Primary Artist
Roy Hargrove Horn
Steve Gorn Flute
Poogie Bell Drums
Thandi Bhengu Background Vocals
Christian McBride Upright Bass
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Alex Harding Horn
Aaron Johnson Horn
Cochemea Gastelum Horn
Dominic Kanza Guitar
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Mamadou Diabate Kora
Stuart Bogie Horn
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Horn
Lionel Loueke Guitar
Jordan McLean Horn
Martin Perna Horn
John Legend Vocals
Kendrick Scott Drums
Colette Alexander Cello
Tsholofetso Mokubung Background Vocals
Balla Kouyate Balafon
Thiokho Diagne Percussion
Davis Barnett Viola
Clement Hlongwane Background Vocals
James Cooper Cello
The Antibalas Horns Horn
Tuelo Minah Background Vocals
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Pee Wee Ellis Composer
John Barry Composer
Sidney Bechet Composer
Russell Elevado Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Larry Gold Engineer, String Arrangements
Jean Hébrail Arranger, Composer, Producer
Angélique Kidjo Composer, Producer
Mohammed Rafi Composer
Ronnie Shannon Composer
Carlos Santana Composer
Vinicius Cantuaria Composer
Mackay Davashe Composer
Zelma Redding Composer
Solomon Linda Composer
Joe Rock Composer
Bella Bellow Composer
Traditional Composer
Lionel Loueke Arranger
Paul Ritter Art Direction
Justin Gerrish Engineer
Naima Herbail Composer
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