Angelique's collaboration with Philip Glass: IFÉ, THREE YORÙBÁ SONGS


On January 17th 2014, the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg performed the premiere of the Ifé, the cycle of songs Philip Glass has composed for Angelique.

Ifé was the most important Yoruba kingdoms. It is believed to be the place where the world was created. The god  Olodumare sent his Orishas Obatala and Oduduwa to the world, in order to create the land. Yemandja ran away and joined the ocean Oshumare, the rainbow snake, encircles the earth and prevents it from falling.

Angelique, together we have built a bridge that no one has walked on before.
— Philip Glass
Just one day before the world premiere of his piece "Ifé" by the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Angélique Kidjo, American composer Philip Glass took us through the creative process behind it. He knew Angélique Kidjo and he knew her voice but he didn't know in which language the text for the vocal part would come.