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     Angelique Kidjo
 
 

Born: Angelique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo on Jul 14, 1960 in Ouidah, Benin
Genres: International, Reggae, Electronic, Jazz
Styles: Worldbeat, Afro-Pop, Contemporary Reggae, African Traditions, Afro-Beat, Club/Dance, West African, World Fusion
Instruments: Vocals

Afro-funk, reggae, samba, salsa, gospel, jazz, Zairean rhumba, zouk, and makossa are combined through the music of soulful Benin-born, Paris-based vocalist Angelique Kidjo. Since the release of her self-produced debut solo album, Pretty, in 1988, Kidjo has been embraced by the international press. Kidjo's albums have been strengthened by contributions from top-notch guest musicians and producers. Parakou, her first internationally distributed album, featured jazz keyboardist Jasper van't Hof, the leader of Pili Pili, a Holland-based Afro-jazz band with whom Kidjo had performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1987. Logozo, recorded in Miami in 1991 and produced by Joe Galdo of Miami Sound Machine, featured Branford Marsalis on saxophone. Marsalis later performed on Kidjo's album Oremi. The album features Kidjo singing duets with Cassandra Wilson ("Never Know") and Kelly Price ("Open Your Eyes"). Kidjo's most ambitious album, Fifa (1996), featured more than 100 percussionists, flutists, cowbell and berimbau players, singers, and dancers from Benin and one track featuring Carlos Santana. Kidjo's husband, Jean Hebrail, a French bass player and composer she met in 1987, has played a major role in the recording of her albums.

The daughter of an actress, dancer, and theatrical producer, Kidjo was born in Quidah, a coastal city in the West African country of Benin. Inheriting her mother's love of performing, she made her stage debut with her mother's theatrical troupe. Inspired by the rock, pop, and soul music of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Miriam Makeba, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin, she was singing professionally by her 20th birthday. Although she recorded an album, Pretty (produced by Cameroon-based vocalist Ekambi Brilliant), that yielded a hit single, "Ninive," the oppressive political environment of Benin led her to relocate to Paris in 1980. Although modern technology and electronics played an important role in the recording of her first four albums, Kidjo returned to her traditional roots with Fifa. Armed with eight-track tape recorders and microphones, Kidjo and a team of engineers traveled to Benin to record traditional musicians, singers, and dancers. The album was completed during recording sessions in Paris, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. With her next album, 1998's Oremi, Kidjo returned to her futuristic approach. Incorporating elements of hip-hop and Afro-Celtic grooves, Oremi featured a reconstructed interpretation of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."

Kidjo's enthusiastic presence was evident on the video of her international hit "Agolo," from her album Aye (1994). Produced by Will Mowatt of Soul II Soul and longtime Prince collaborator David Z, the video was nominated for a Grammy Award. Kidjo's songs have been featured on the soundtracks of such films as My Favorite Season, Street Fighter, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. As the new millennium got underway, Kidjo signed to Columbia and prepped for her major-label debut. Exploring musical elements of her native Benin to that of northeastern Brazil, Black Ivory Soul was released in 2002. Oyaya!, which featured a collaboration with Dave Matthews, was issued two years later. Kidjo then joined forces with Razor & Tie for the May 2007 release of Djin Djin. A second Razor & Tie album, Oyo, followed in 2010 and featured guest spots from Roy Hargrove, John Legend, and Dianne Reeves.

- Craig Harris (All Music Guide)


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www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/arts/music/29kidjo.html?scp=1&sq=kidjo&st=cse About
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=8349 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
www.afropop.org/multi/interview/ID/21/Angelique+Kidjo,+February+2002 Interview
www.kidjo.com Official website. Biography, discography
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelique_Kidjo About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelique_Kidjo About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
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 Angelique Kidjo - 'Black Ivory Soul' - 2002, Sony Music
  как соисполнитель ...
 Trilok Gurtu - 'African Fantasy' - 2000, Dora, Blue Thumb
 Trilok Gurtu - 'The Beat Of Love' - 2001, Blue Thumb
 Trilok Gurtu - 'Twenty Years Of Talking Tabla: The Definitive' - 2007, Union Square Music
 Lionel Loueke - 'Mwaliko' - 2010, Blue Note
 Philippe Saisse - 'At World's Edge' - 2009, Koch
 Sakesho - 'We Want You To Say' - 2005, Heads Up
 Lizz Wright - 'Fellowship' - 2010, Verve
 


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