Hear Angelique Kidjo’s new album “Sings” at New York Times dot com beginning today!
Angelique Kidjo, the Benin born singer/songwriter is celebrating the release of her new 429 Records album Sings which will be released on March 31st and for one week only, will be streaming exclusively at the New York Times.com beginning today. Produced by Kidjo and long-time production partner Jean Hebrail, Sings showcases Kidjo’s collaboration with the 110 piece Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg, led by renowned conductor and composer Gast Waltzing. Kidjo reimagines nine classic songs from her 24 year repertoire and two new songs (“Otishe” and “Nanae” from the Eve sessions), blending European classical traditions with the powerful rhythmic sounds of her native West Africa. Along with the orchestra, Kidjo’s additional players include Christian McBride and Massimo Biolcati on upright basses; Lionel Loueke, Dominic James and David Laborier on guitars; Magatte Sow, Crespin Tpikiti and Benoit Avihoue on percussion; Tuelo Kgobokoe Tsholofetso and Mokubung, background vocals; and Gast Waltzing, flugelhorn solo on “Samba Pa Ti.” Angelique Kidjo recently won her 2nd Grammy for her 429 Records debut album Eve.
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Kidjo’s accolades include a 20 year discography, two Grammy Awards, thousands of concerts around the world and being named “Africa’s premier diva” (Time Magazine) and “the undisputed Queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph). In addition to winning the Grammy for Eve, Kidjo’s 2008 recording Djin Djin won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album and her last studio recording Oyo was nominated in the same category. She has enjoyed a long history of notable collaborations with greats from the jazz and pop worlds—including Carlos Santana, Bono, John Legend, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove and Alicia Keys. In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, Angelique Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the continent’s women beyond the media spotlight.
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