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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 (23 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • ASIN: B00005IC0A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summertime
2. Voodoo Chile
3. Agolo
4. Fifa
5. Batonga
6. Wombo Lombo
7. Malaika
8. Open Your Eyes feat. Kelly Price
9. The Sound Of The Drums
10. Adouma
11. Naima feat. Carlos Santana
12. Tourner La Page
13. Babalao
14. Agossi
15. Idje Idje
16. Tombo
17. We We
18. Senie

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Riff on 29 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a must have for anyone who likes jazz or world music, with elements of rock and swing. Original tunes and some great interpretations of covers too, both standards and rock, especially Voodoo Chile and Summertime.

I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By m_noland on 25 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
...It is amazing that such a big voice comes out of such a small person.
Sadly, I doubt that AK will ever move product in the same volumes as Jewell (but, hey, we can always dream!). She's never really cracked the market bigtime, and past 40, her days for being marketed as a "hot chick singer" are fading (Tina Turner notwithstanding). This disk, as pleasant an introduction to her music as it is, has all the markings of one last push to put her over the top (and make some money off her back catalog). I can't believe it was an accident that the first two tracks on this disk (Gershwin's "Summertime" and Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)") are the two songs with which the uninitiated will be most familiar. Hopefully there is a big enough market for her music that AK can remain a commercially viable artist, since she shows no real signs of slackening creatively.
So much for the biz, what about the music? Well, it covers all the obvious tracks, from "Agossi" from her first "international" album, to an acoustic version of "Malaika," to her upbeat dance numbers. Her take on "Summertime" is memorable, as is her "Voodoo Chile," (though nothing could compare to the absolutely ferocious version I heard her perform live). Like one of the other reviewers noted, it would have been nice to have included her duet with Cassandra Wilson on "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from that singer's "Traveling Miles" album. ("What's with all this voodoo?," you might ask. Well, they invented that stuff in Benin.) My nomination for another track for inclusion would be AK's mind bending mountain o' overdubs version of "Oh Holy Night" off the International Special Olympics Christmas album (great disk - check it out!). But at 74 minutes playing time, and nary a weak track, you can't complain about being shortchanged.
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By Squg on 2 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have no idea why I bought this. Just a lucky whim I guess. A strange mixture of blues, funk and African influences which works amazingly well. I just love this album.
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Angelique brings that joyful African magic to her songs which lift and educaate you, make you want to dance and be joyful about being alive. Wonderful!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best of the best 15 Aug 2005
By Isabelle Herbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you are new to Angelique Kidjo then this is the best introduction to her range and power, spanning the wide spectrum of her styles from her African roots to more European/American influences. If you are new to African music, this is an easy introduction, and if you have other of her albums you'll want to add this.

My only complaint - it was released before Black Ivory Soul, so doesn't include her more Brazilian music, which I love. Her voice is astonishing, her talent unique. I was lucky enough to see her live in Santa Cruz California a couple of years back and she could have filled the auditorium with her voice alone, without the aid of a microphone. She is one of those rare people who truly can sing astonishingly well. She blew me away.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding overview of Angelique Kidjo's recordings! 17 May 2001
By J. Lund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing this renowned world beat artist, this 74-minute anthology is the place to begin! Angelique's music manages to mix contemporary dance rhythms into African pop, with the sum coming out equal or greater than it's parts! Even amid the provocative, eclectic arrangements Kidjo's voice stands out, able to ride the uptempo rhythms and project the ballads with equal confidence and conviction.
Tracks from all five of her albums are included, plus a remarkale version of Gershwin's SUMMERTIME. There is a lot of variety within the chosen tracks, including softer performances (e.g., MALAIKA, NAIMA), a variety of danceable rhythm cuts, a couple of guest stars (Kelly Price, Santana), and even a unique cover version of VOODOO CHILD that sheds new light on the Jimi Hendrix classic. A highly recommended overview of a unique, original artist! It's a tribute to her talent that a number of excellent tracks didn't make it onto this CD (I wish her duet with Cassandra Wilson was included), but those that did are as good a cross-section of her career as one will find!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Strong African based songs 15 Jun 2002
By Neal Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Angelique Kidjo was primarily influenced by the like of Jimmie Hendrix, Santna, Miriam Makeba, James Brown, fela kuti, The Beatles, and Aretha Franklin; her music styles encompass afro-funk, reggae, samba, salsa, gospel, jazz, Zairean rumba. All in all, though, she emerges strong African, Afro-American, and Afro-European.
This album of her best opens with "Summertime". Yeah, big deal, you might think, like how many versions of "Summertime" do you probably have in your collection. But I'll wager that none of them touch this version. She states that she never sings a song she doesn't love, that doesn't become her own, and that's sure true with this tried and true standard. Then comes her version of Jimmy Hendrix' "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", paying homage to one who greatly influenced her from childhood. Other standouts among her best ever are "Botonga", "Womba Lombo", the softly beautiful & almost fragile "Malaika", "Open Your Eyes" (duet with Kelly Price)
The most beautiful and touching ones, IMHO, come in a group: "Naima" with Carlos Santana (Another powerful influence in her music), "Tournier La Page", "Babalao", and "Agossi". I have no intention of slighting the other numbers here, but these are my very favorites.
If you haven't heard this songstress, I sure as heck suggest you give her a try. I do not believe you will be sorry.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best Summertime Ever 20 Nov 2001
By C. Bradburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Angelique Kidjo's warm voice and Afropop sensibilities make this one of the best World Music albums you can find this year. Summertime, however, just blew me away the first time I heard. It is probably the best non-English adaptation of a classic American standard that I have ever heard. All other versions seem pretty tame. I also love Wumba Lumba [sic?], if only just to sing along to it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Introduction to this World Songstress! 29 Jun 2004
By S. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Toni Morrison uses the phrase "New World African Woman" in describing the rich diaspora of those of us w/African roots across the globe. I think that term is so fitting of Angelique Kidgo and her music. Believe it or not, I learned of Ms. Kidjo through reading a novel but my love of this CD is all real.
Her rendition of Summertime is like no other you've heard before. My other favorites are Open Your Eyes featuring Kelly Price and Naima featuring Carlos Santana. Although most of the CD is in French or her native African tongue, you'll be singing along with each track in no time! Regardless of the language, one can still feel the message in her music. I patiently await Ms. Kidjo's next release!
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