The Dynamic “Queen Of African Music” Delivers Joyous Collection Of New Songs
U.S. Tour & Release Of Autobiography “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music” Also Due In 2014
SANTA MONICA, Calif., October 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Angelique Kidjo, the Benin born, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter has signed with 429 Records and is gearing up for an incredible 2014. She’s preparing for the release of Eve, a vibrant new collection of songs dedicated to the power of African womanhood, particularly those women she grew up with in her native Benin; as well as planning a tour of the United States and promoting the release of her autobiography, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music.
Kidjo’s accolades include a 20 year discography, thousands of concerts around the world and being named “Africa’s premier diva” (Time Magazine) and “the undisputed Queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph). 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.
Says Kidjo: “I’ve spoken for many years about the beauty of African women, and I don’t need to talk anymore about it because on this recording I am letting the voices of the women show their beauty to the world,” she adds. “Eve is all about showcasing the positivity they bring to their villages, cities, culture and the world.”
Eve track listing:
M’Baamba (Kenyan Song)
Eva (featuring ASA)
Bomba (featuring Rostam Batmanglij)
Hello (featuring Trio Teriba)
Kulumbu (featuring Dr. John)
Ebile (featuring Kronos Quartet)
Awalole (featuring the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg)
Bana (featuring Yvonne Kidjo)