Angelique Kidjo: Music of the World : World Cafe The title of Kidjo's latest album, Djin Djin, translates to "seize the day" — an appropriate directive from the West African singer, whose career spans 20 years. Kidjo fuses Afro-funk, salsa, reggae, gospel, jazz and more with American rock, pop and soul.
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Angelique Kidjo in Studio on World Cafe - 05/01/2007

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Angelique Kidjo: Music of the World

Angelique Kidjo: Music of the World

Angelique Kidjo in Studio on World Cafe - 05/01/2007

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Set List

  • "C'est L'Amour"
  • "Djin Djin"
  • "Gimme Shelter"
  • "Salala"

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The title of Angelique Kidjo's latest album, Djin Djin, roughly translates to "seize the day" — an appropriate directive from the West African singer, whose career now spans 20 years. Kidjo fuses Afro-funk, salsa, reggae, gospel, jazz and more with shades of classic American rock, pop and soul: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and more.

Whether drawing on her musical roots or experimenting with hip-hop, dance and electronics, Kidjo's albums have featured fascinating collaborations, including work with Branford Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Matthews and Santana. Djin Djin, produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex), opens with a few would-be club hits before offering a haunting take on The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" — a reunion with Santana — as well as duets with Josh Groban and Sade and a song featuring Alicia Keys and Marsalis. Nothing if not ambitious, Kidjo continues to stake out new ground.