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.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!