by Angélique KidjoAngélique Kidjo


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Sings finds the great Beninese vocalist Angélique Kidjo fronting the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, conducted by Gast Waltzing. This is a studio offering that reflects the highlights of a series of now legendary 2011 concerts between them. Recorded at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, in New York, and in France, the program is a lively and unusual retrospective from Kidjo's career. Along with the orchestra, Kidjo is joined by her own band and guest musicians including guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Christian McBride, and backing vocalists. Arranged by Waltzing and guitarist David Laborier, the material comprises thorough revisionings of songs central to Kidjo's catalog, including dramatic presentations of "Malaika," "Loloye," "Kelele," the traditional "Otishe," "Nanae," and her gorgeous "Naima" (not to be confused with John Coltrane's tune of the same title). While the music is certainly far "busier" and more florid than the work on her earlier records, this presentation is thoroughly lovely and her big contralto gets right on top of the orchestra, while the rhythms sound as organic as ever. Two interesting covers on the set include a deeply soulful reading of Carlos Santana's "Samba Pa Ti," with a great flügelhorn solo by Waltzing, and Sidney Bechet and Ferdinand Bonifay's "Petite Fleur" arranged in a manner that pays homage to Kidjo's idol, Édith Piaf. Perhaps the greatest asset of this particular recording is how it reaffirms what we already knew: that Kidjo can deliver any song in any setting and remain iconic.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2015
Label: 429 Records
UPC: 0795041604224
catalogNumber: 16042

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angélique Kidjo   Primary Artist
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Christian McBride   Upright Bass
Massimo Biolcati   Upright Bass
Lionel Loueke   Guitar
David Laborier   Guitar
Benoît Avihoue   Percussion
Crespin Kpitiki   Percussion
Tsholofetso Mokubung   Background Vocals
Gast Waltzing   Conductor,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Magatte Sow   Percussion
Dominic James   Guitar
Tuelo Kgobokoe   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sidney Bechet   Composer
Jean Hébrail   Composer,Producer
Angélique Kidjo   Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Stewart Lerman   Engineer
Carlos Santana   Composer
Vinicius Cantuaria   Composer
Garland Lyn   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
David Laborier   Arranger,Orchestration
Gast Waltzing   Arranger,Orchestration
Christophe Simon   Engineer
Jeannot Nies   Engineer
Laurent Dupuy   Engineer
Fernand Bonifay   Composer
Fadhili William   Composer

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