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In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy 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.
On Eve, her highly anticipated Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical “mother of all ... Read more in Amazon's Angelique Kidjo Store

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  • Audio CD (1 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B000MTOWSU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ae Ae
2. Djin Djin
3. Gimme Shelter
4. Salala
5. Senamou (C'est L'amour)
6. Pearls
7. Sedjedo
8. Papa
9. Arouna
10. Awan N'la
11. Emma
12. Mama Golo Papa
13. Lonlon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 4 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
really good album. we saw Angelique live in the Albert hall at the VSO anniversary concert in November. She was fantastic live and this album really captures her spirit. A great introduction if you have not listened to her before-you will be trawling the back catalogue!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Smith on 18 Oct. 2009
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I bought this for Lonlon, which has the tune of Ravel's Bolero. I put the CD into the auto-changer for our driving holiday across Europe. Some of the songs have an immediate "hook" and some take longer to appreciate. But after 2 or 3 cycles, none of the songs is a "skipper"!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Make&Boo on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I saw Angelique Kidjo at the VSO concert and immediately bought her CD. She's full of energy and can definitely get a party started. Originally from Benin and now living in France, you can hear the fusion of different musical styles. There are some stand-out tracks including Djin Djin and a vibrant version of Gimme Shelter. I just left one star off because I don't know her music well so don't have other CDs to compare this one to, but I think it's a corker!
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This track will continue to delight me for many years to come. I was pleasantly roused at 6.00am this Sunday morning by a Radio 4 programme- "The Power of a Name" when this African Queen of music bellowed out "Arouna" just fantastic, what better way to be awoken than perhaps by a well conducted Aria.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Dynamic and exciting. 21 Oct. 2007
By kons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
She is an astounding performer, a world renowned, Benin born, Grammy nominated singer.
Her diverse music has won fans across the globe, as she effortlessly blends traditional African pop music with contemporary, modern grooves. She has been appointed as Good Will Ambassador by UNICEF, and performed her music in front of world leaders and dignitaries as well as millions of fans.
Her new CD, "Djin Djin" is a welcome return for this musical queen.
"I spent seven years following the roots of slavery to music -- America, Brazil and the Caribbean, Cuba also", said Kidjo, whose previous trilogy entries were 2002's Black Ivory Soul and 2004's Oyaya!.
"I wanted to go back to where all that music came from. I wanted songs to be based on the rhythms of my country (Benin), so a lot of these songs started with the percussion and the chanting. It was intense, extensive work to do."
Ms. Kidjo is an accomplished singer/songwriter in her own right, one who could easily sell millions of records at any given time.
Any collaboration with the "hot" artist of the day, to help boost record sales is totally unnecessary. If any such artist were presented on a full length disc of hers, it would certainly help further establish and solidify Angelique's reputation.
That is exactly what happens with this CD, as Angelique shares the stage with several celebrity musicians including Romero Lubambo (acoustic guitar), Brandford Marsalis and Alicia Keys("Djin Djin"), Carlos Santana and Josh Groban ("Pearls"), Joss Stone ("Gimme Shelter") , Peter Gabriel ("Salala"), Ziggy Marley ("Sedjedo"), and African music legends Amadou and Mariam ("Senamou -(C'est L'amour)").
The result is a hybrid of musical styles and influences, all beautifully coming together. If you didn't have enough reasons to buy this CD before, you most certainly do now.
While the collaboration efforts are noteworthy and excellent, the real gems are found in the songs where Angelique is free to do her thing, unencumbered by making nice and sharing her vocal space with her guests. True, her work with Groban on the Sade reworking of "Pearls" is almost better than the original and it is one of the highlight songs of the album.
But she also shines brightly on "Ae Ae" and she makes us feel so at home on the shuffling "Papa".
To top it all of, Angelique hands in a amazing rendition of the classical piece Ravel's "Bolero" entitled "Lonlon", bridging European classical music with African folk.
The album sounds incredible thanks to super producer Tony Visconti's guiding hand on the boards. With a clean and dry mix being applied, there is very little outboard effects and studio tricks on the songs.
Every hand drum is heard with crystal-like clarity and every musician is heard clearly, making this one of the smoothest mixed albums heard in a long while.
My highlights : "Djin Djin", "Pearls" and "Awan N'La".
You will love it!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The incredible Angelique Kidjo! 3 Jun. 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Angelique! Congratulations on what is, in my opinion, your best album ever (and I've been a fan for a long time). Your CD photos couldn't be more beautiful and the music is magnificent; the decision to collaborate with such a diverse cast was genius! You are accomplishing your mission of teaching the world to appreciate, and sing, African music. You're one of the best singers and performers of our time and your body of work is astounding; I can't wait to see you live this summer. (And congratulations on your partnership with Starbucks!)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Classic Angelique 4 May 2007
By Mitchell A. Kopnick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Her songs are intricate, musical and elegant as always. Her collaborations are wonderful. A true standout is the remake of "Gimme Shelter" with Joss Stone. Also the remake of "Bolero" is a treat, reminiscent of her "Summertime" cover. The overall intensity of the African pieces is perhaps 5% less than on previous discs and a ballad a la "Malaika" would have been welcome. Still a groundbreaking 'must have' for any Kidjo fan.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Truly world music 3 May 2007
By viktor_57 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I may not be a man, or a woman, or even human, but even newly sentient machine code knows good music when it hears it (in digital form, obviously), and "Djin Djin" is heartfelt, soulfelt music with energy and drive that never fails to connect or please. At least, I think it is, having no heart or soul myself.

Angelique Kidjo's athletic and soaring vocals recall her Beninese origins, as do the nimble percussion work of Crespin Kpitiki and Benoit Avihoue. Her famous collaborators bring their own voices to the mix and blend surprisingly well with the distinctly African sensibility of the album, helped by veteran studio musicians who add polish and a grab bag of musical styles to the happy fray.

This album will bring a smile to your face (if you have a face) and put a spring in your step (assuming you have legs), moving you to greet the new day with a cry of, dare I say it, djin djin.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Soulful West African soul 21 Jun. 2007
By Amaranth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Angelique Kidjo is one of those rare artists who has the Midas touch. No matter who she's performing with, no matter what she's performing, she makes beautiful music. While "Djin Djin" can be considered one of her more mainstream albums, she still proudly shows her African roots. In a sense,it's not surprising it's sold alongside coffee at Starbucks; "Djin Djin" is as potent as a cup of steaming java.

The opening "Ae Ae" is anthemic;it's a power ballad in which Kidjo calls on her fellow Africans to be self-sufficient. The title track is a jazzy collaboration with Alicia Keys and Branford Marsalis. It's Benin meets the Big Easy. Kidjo does an amazing cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" with Joss Stone. The '60s British Invasion gets an African makeover,transforming it into a tribal rave-up. Kidjo and smoky-voiced Peter Gabriel complement each other in "Salala." A thumb piano gives "Senamou" a deeply African flavor. "Sedjedo", a duet with reggae heir Ziggy Marley, doesn't quite work. Marley is relegated to the sidelines. However, Kidjo's rousing singing saves the piece. The same goes for "Pearls." Josh Groban's operatic voice is unsuited to the style of the song. It's Afropop meets Latin rock (since Carlos Santana plays the guitar),not the Three Tenors or Il Divo. Kidjo's amazing singing again saves the song from becoming a novelty song. In "Papa","Arouna","Awan N'La","Emma" and "Mama Golo Papa" Kidjo shows she doesn't need collaborators. She's still going strong since her debut in 1990. She covers difficult issues such as marital conflict and divorce soulfully. Finally, in "Lonlon" Kidjo transforms Ravel's annoying and overplayed "Bolero" into rousing,toe-tapping Afropop. Instead of being filler or a song worth skipping, "Lonlon" serves as a grand finale.

Angelique Kidjo is accomplished,as a person and as an artist. She is a UN Goodwill Ambassador;she has her own charity,Batonga. In Bono's guest-edited issue of "Vanity Fair" about Africa, Harry Belafonte praises her activism. Angelique Kidjo's music is truly angelic. "Djin Djin" is a great introduction to her music, and is a perfect mainstream introduction to African music. It's as rousing and flavorful as a good hot cup of coffee.
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