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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: COL
  • ASIN: B0001XANN0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't often do impetuous things but on my way home from work tonight, as I waiting for my bus on a busy high street, I heard this amazing music playing in the CD shop next to me... a pure blend of African Latin rhythms and a fantastic womans voice. I went in to ask what they were playing and made an instant desicion to purchase it. At that time just a couple of seconds was enough to convince me and listening to the album now I am so glad I took a chance. The music is infectious and uplifting, sensual and lingering. Don't think about it ... just buy it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C Chessum on 4 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Angelique Kidjo's eclectic musical style seems to grow from strength to strength. Her latest album (Oyaya) meaning "joy" in the Yoruba language is exactly as its name suggests. (Oyaya) is the third part of a trilogy in which Angelique traces the roots of African music through the slave trade. A journey that took her to the USA culminating in the album (Oremi); and Brazil which led to the mind blowing (Black Ivory Soul) album. Angelique's travels to Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica have inspired the third and final part of the trilogy, (Oyaya). This new album of hers has a distinct Latin American/Caribbean flavour incorporating rhythms such as salsa, calypso, meringue and ska. Yet the album still manages to preserve an indisputable African feel, reminding us all that Africa lies at the roots of this exciting music. The tracks are sung in a variety of languages including Fon, Yoruba and French. Angelique Kidjo's voice is awesome. I recommend this album without hesitation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cyclist on 19 May 2004
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Angélique treats us to sounds from the Caribbean, mainly inspired by her visit to Cuba. Casual listeners may not be able to identify the precise sub-genre of Caribbean music in each song as explained on Angélique's website [...] but will still find the album hugely enjoyable. This is the last album in Angélique's trilogy to present the connections of African roots in the music of United States ('Oremi'), Brazil ('Black Ivory Soul') and the Caribbean ('Oyaya!'). In 'Oyaya!' the Caribbean flavas are nicely spiced with African instruments such as balafon and kora.
The opening track 'Seyin Djoro' has instantly likeable beats, followed by fantastically insistent calypso sounds as well as balafon in 'Congoleo'. Another fun track is 'Oulala' about Aminata, (a very popular name with lyricists, it seems!), with strong sounds of steel drums. Track 3, 'Bala Bala', has intense and pensive slow grooves while the Cuban bolero 'N'Yin Wan Nou We' is a wonderful love song. In 'Le Monde Comme Un Bebe' (what a great sentiment!) Angélique duets with French-Caribbean jazz singer Henri Salvador. 'Mutoto Kwanza', (meaning 'Children First') inspired by Tanzanian children, is appropriately dedicated to UNICEF. Angélique's voice combines beautifully with the kora on 'Adje Dada', leaving me desperate for more ... I believe she could comfortably give us a whole album of songs backed by a kora player. The final track, 'Bissimilai', uses a unique backing chorale by Muslim women recorded in Benin with raw African beats quite different from the other songs on the album.
Loving 'Black Ivory Soul' as much as I do, I wondered if it would be a hard act to follow, but my doubts were unfounded. With 'Oyaya!
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By Ashkar on 4 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
O! lala!!! this lady is THE!!! i cant even finish the sentence ;-) Madame Kidjo!, je vous tire mon chapeau!!! absolutely stunning album!!! beautiful strong, sensual and breathtaking vocals!! if not for the music...just the vocals will do!!! African Artistry to its best!! she made caribbean music African again! Fon, French ,mINA!! the combo of languages is deadly!!! heavy drums, Bombardinos, congas, violins, the works!!! SALSA, SKA, BOLERO...THIS IS aFRICAN CARIBEAN AT ITS BEST!!! all i can say is OYAYA!!!!
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This is joyous! 1 July 2004
By Simone Farber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With the current predeliction for over produced American Idol-esque screeching it's wonderful to be reminded of people who know their craft and continue to explore it like Kidjo. This album is a wonderful pop vocal album, period, and I hope it gets more exposure than the world music bin. The rythms are great, her voice is so clear and strong, every song is a delight! She is an African exploring the Carribean, but her emotion speaks to everyone.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Joyous, exuberant 17 Jun. 2004
By JoAnn Whetsell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Oyaya" is the Yoruban word for joy, a fitting title for Angélique Kidjo's new album. _Oyaya!_ is a high-spirited album. It is impossible to listen to it without moving, even if I'm only dancing in my chair. The third in Angélique's series of albums exploring the influence of African music in the diaspora, _Oyaya!_ takes on Afro-Latin/Caribbean music. Even more than the previous 2 albums (_Oremi_ which explored American music and _Black Ivory Soul_ which explored Brazilian music), _Oyaya!_ blends the music rather than using it as an influence. I'm not sure which countries or styles of Caribbean music; her website mentions salsa, calypso, meringue, and ska. But it doesn't really matter. What matters is that it makes me smile, it makes me dance. Angélique's voice is as beautiful and sensual as ever, and so is the music. If you like dance-y Latin music, give this a try.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Afro-Latin Explosion 10 April 2005
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the intersection of rival forces strength can be developed. Kidjo has a huge, soulful voice inside a petite frame (I believe she's something like 5'2") and her voice has never sounded more assured & vigorous than here.

Musically, her African roots are transplanted to the music of the Caribbean and Latin America. Her producers on this record, Steve Berlin and Alberto Salas, avoid the over-production that has plagued some of her recent work. The emphasis here is on Kidjo's magnificent voice (as it should be), supported by colorful and spirited Latin percussion and instrumentation. Fast-moving songs and excellent variety make this her best album in a decade, and quite possibly the best of her career.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, I love IT!! 17 Aug. 2005
By The Professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is not really meant to reflect the true music of her homeland of Benin West Africa. It is a story that tells the journey of the West African Slave deposited in the Spanish, French, English,and Dutch speaking Caribbean as well as parts of South America. If you have a keen ear and have travelled to such locales, you will be able to identify the variety of rhythms and beats from the various islands and countries. Her voice is strong, sultry, and beautiful! In my opinion this is another winner.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 7 Jan. 2005
By Mother Earth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first stumbled across Angelique Kidjo when I was searching for latin themed music through another online music seller. I had not heard of her but had seen her review in People from three years ago, so when I stumbled across her name I listened to the samples of Black Ivory Soul and bought it immediately. I turned around and bought Oyaya, and was not disappointed. I'd have to say my favorite tracks are Seyin Drjo and Djaovamin Yi, her spirited and fitting tribute to Celia Cruz. I look forward to future projects from this gifted artist and would recommend her to anyone who asked.
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