Angelique wins her third Grammy with the album SINGS
On March 31, 2015, Angelique released her collaboration with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. The album contains orchestral versions of 9 songs from previous albums and 2 original songs: Nanae and Otishe. All the songs are arranged by Gast Waltzing and David Laborier and the orchestra is conducted by Gast Waltzing.
The Australian newspaper noted: "Kidjo opens what’s arguably her most ambitious album by paying homage to her heroine, Miriam Makeba. None of her three previously released versions of Malaika can match the majesty and grandeur of this latest spine-tingling rendition, which features the singer in superlative voice (in Swahili) backed by the strings and wind instruments of the 110-piece Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
lsewhere, the consummate guitar playing of Kidjo’s compatriot Lionel Loueke and Brazilian Romero Lubambo augment conductor-trumpeter Gast Waltzing’s sumptuous arrangements. Sultry flute and flugelhorn helps Kidjo tease the nuances out of Carlos Santana’s smouldering Samba Pa Ti. In Fifa and Naima, swelling strings and soaring vocals follow tender a cappella intros. In Loloye, the strings flutter like a flock of flamingoes as horns ascend like eagles. Female back-up vocals lift Ominira and the previously unreleased Namae. A truly beautiful album, Sings combines the stately qualities of classical music with the coolness of jazz and the fervour of African and Brazilian rhythms.” Says Rhythms Magazine’s Tony Hillier, “Sings is arguably the most ambitious and spiritually arresting album the New York-based West African singer has recorded in a long and distinguished career.” The album won the Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category.