Angelique Kidjo will pay tribute to the music that inspired her growing up in Benin on her new album Oyo. The eclectic studio album, which will be released on February 9, will include covers of material by Aretha Franklin, Santana, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, James Brown and Miriam Makeba, as well as Beninese traditional music and songs from both Hollywood and Bollywood films. In addition, the album features appearances by soul singer John Legend and the Antibalas horns on Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” and Dianne Reeves on “Baby, I Love You.” Kidjo also boasts a take on Sidney Bechet’s “Petite Fleur,” a favorite of her father, who passed away last year.
Throughout Oyo, the singer is also joined by Benin-born, New York-based guitarist Lionel Loueke, upright bassist Christian McBride, drummer Kendrick Scott and percussionist Thiokho Diagne. The trumpeter Roy Hargove also appears makes a memorable appearance on “Samba Pa Ti.”
The album was recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (D¹Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail. Kidjo will take the stage in advance of the album’s release on December 4 in Cape Town, South Africa at the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Angelique Kidjo’s upcoming shows include:
February 20 Berkeley, CA—Zellerbach Auditorium
February 25 Edmonds, WA—Edmonds Center for the Arts
February 26 Bellingham, WA—The Nightlight Lounge
February 28 Los Angeles, CA—Walt Disney Concert Hall
March 5 Miami, FL—Knight Concert Hall
March 26 New York, NY—Town Hall
March 27 Washington, DC—Lisner Auditorium
March 28 Wilmington, DE—Grand Opera House
April 1 Troy, NY—Troy Music Hall
April 2-3 Somerville, MA—Somerville Theatre