Deemed Africa's premier diva by Time, Angelique Kidjo follows up her Grammy-winning Djin Djin with Oyo. On the album, Kidjo collaborates with Bono one of the continents most ardent supporters joined with John Legend on a version of Curtis Mayfields Move on Up. The focus on Oyo is the music that shaped Kidjos artistic formation, including Lakutshn Llanga, a lullaby made famous by Kidjos hero, Miriam Makeba; Yoruban interpretations of Otis Reddings Ive Got Dreams to Remember and Santanas Samba Pa Ti; a collaboration with Diane Reeves on Monfe Ran E, an homage to the Aretha Franklin hit, Baby I Love You; and a take on James Browns Cold Sweat.
Recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (DAngelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, Oyo features a band of highly accomplished musicians, including guitarist Lionel Loueke, Christian McBride on upright bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Thiokho Diagne on percussion. Trumpeter Roy Hargove makes a memorable appearance on Samba Pa Ti.
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