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 expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.