IFE, Three Yoruba songs with Philip Glass
On January 17th 2014, the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg performed the premiere of the Ifé, the cycle of songs Philip Glass composed for Angelique, using her own lyrics from three poems she wrote in the Yoruba language. The songs were performed again at the Philharmonie de Paris on October 3, 2015.
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.
Philip Glass discusses the collaboration with the Philharmonie du Luxembourg.
Angélique Kidjo discusses the collaboration with the Philharmonie de Paris (video in French).