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Black Ivory Soul

Angelique KidjoAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00006348E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Angélique Kidjo's previous albums have been decidedly patchy affairs, with tracks ranging from the sublime to the abysmal. With Black Ivory Soul, however, Kidjo strikes a lovely and generally consistent note. Exploring the connections between her native Benin and Brazil's Bahia region, she makes beautiful music flavored by two continents on songs such as "Tumba," with its crisp but subtle percussion driving a lilting melody, or "Afrika," where the cascading notes of the kora help bridge the Atlantic. Co-writing with talents like Carlinhos Brown and Vinícius Cantuária has helped; they've toned down the R&B influence than ran through Oremi and replaced it with something more individual. Kidjo sounds strongest when she's very rootsy, as on her cover of Gilberto Gil's "Refavela," which stands in stark contrast to the bland "Iwoya," a duet with Dave Matthews that sounds like nothing more than a calculated shot at radio airplay. Even the odd track out, a version of "Ces Petits Riens" by Serge Gainsbourg, works because of its spare delight. In following her muse and her history, Kidjo has produced her best work to date. --Chris Nickson

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Black Ivory Soul by Angélique Kidjo

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I COULD NOT LOVE THIS ALBUM MORE! July 3, 2002
By Taunia
Format:Audio CD
As a jazz and latin vocalist, I am embarassed to admit I had not heard of Anjelique until I read a review of this album in People Magazine. I went online and listened to a few clips and decided to purchase it - and I can honestly say it is probably the best CD purchase I have ever made.
Anjelique's vocals are haungtingly beautiful, but not in a traditional manner. Her voice has an edge to it, a poingancy that's missing from so many vocalists today. Most of the tracks are a blend of Afro-latin and highly infectious. My favorite track is "Tumba," a merengue flavored piece that is so full of energy, you can't help but dance when listening.
I am now a huge fan and I look forward to hearing more of Anjelique's music!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This gal deserves a larger audience & recognition February 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Angelique Kidjo is one phenomenal singer and one fabulous person as she reveals herself here. This is a woman who won't sing a song that she's not fully into, and this shines forth from "Babia" on through the full CD.
There's blending here, the music of her native Benin merging with South American samba, modern Afro beats, and even some French. All in all, this results in a very powerful but controlled vocal sound. There is a feeling for the spiritual but also for the sheer joy of living in much of what she sings.
Discover Angelique Kidjo, and this is one of the best CDs to discover her on. You'll be glad you did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angelique Does It Again! April 6, 2002
By Kim
Format:Audio CD
Each of Angelique's albums has its own personality, and this one is no exception. She has even said that her albums are like children to her. I find this album to be very listener-friendly. I find myself transported to Bahia, though I've never been there. "Iemanja" makes me think of a moonlit night stroll on the beach. I especially love the ballads, but "Tumba," which is "dedicated to the public," is sure to get you on your feet. I have seen Angelique live 4 times since 1998 and met her 2 weeks ago. I will say that after hearing the music live, the album has a few weak points, not as pumped up as it is performed live. But I would definitely recommend picking this up for your Kidjo collection. If you have never heard her music, I would also suggest you pick up Keep on Moving as an intro to her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelique Rocks!!! May 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Black Ivory Soul" is a great album.
Its most notable feature is the mastery with which Angelique combines typically Western sounds with African beats.
Drums and guitars melt in perfect harmony. And that voice! Sometimes nostalgic (Olofoofo, Iemanja, Okanbanle), sometimes cheering (Afirika, Iwoya), but always far above average...
The album has a pan-African flavor: "Refavela" is close to music from South Africa, while "Ominira" (my favorite) reminds me of Evizo Stars (Gabon).
Add to that the fact that the album is in at least three different languages, you then surely find enough ground to be proud of having such a highly talented artist as an African sister. Kudos, Angie!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful work Angelique!!! March 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I saw Angelique a few days ago and I assure you the new CD is so beautiful and incredibly spiritual. It's an amazing blend of African/Brazilian flavored songs with drumming styles from west Africa and Brazil. Theres some samba and bossanova stylings and some jazz. One problem I had with the CD is that the engineering on this CD is toned down a bit. I think the bass and drums could have been pumped up a bit. When you hear Angelique live her bass player and drummers kick ...Her past CD's have had mad bass and were really danceable. This isn't really that type of CD. There is a lot of person spiritual growth lyrically. Don't get this CD expecting it to sound like the others. It's quite different but just as beautiful as earlier works.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Angelique presents her new offering with smooth, sensual style. Absolute treasures on the album include a jazzy choral "Bahia," Samba-slick "Tumba" (you'll be singing that chorus for days), the understated and powerful "Iemanja" (another spelling for the name of the goddess Yemaya), the sweet ballad about family "Okan Bale," and a sparse but compelling "Mondjuba." There are a few tracks toward the middle which mix and meld to make a bit of background noise, and the background vocals are at times uninspiring, but Kidjo's soaring voice helps to lift it out of any major trouble. The only grief I have with the album is the sappy, boring, catering duet with Dave Matthews. Dave Matthews?? His voice clashes with all of the background vocals, and the lyrics are syrupy and predictable. Skip that one at all costs! Seems that the producers are ready to introduce Angelique to the American mainstream (about time!) but they think that she cannot carry a #1 single herself. Shame on them for getting air-time candy. Otherwise, I strongly urge you to pick this up for a listen, it'll only take a hint of "Bahia" or "Black Ivory Soul" to get you running to the store.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Infectious is the word! May 31, 2005
By Lecie51
Format:Audio CD
Someone donated this to a thrift store, unopened, and I am the lucky girl who found it for only a dollar! Well, I'm a happy girl, because all the songs are delightful...Ms. Kidjo has a lovely voice and well-suited to her Afro-Brazilian rhythms...Tumba, tumba, tumba!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterwork.... March 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD is an excellent, excellent production of the great Bahian stylist Angelique Kidjo. You will love how the producers and musicians have given it that African/Brasilia/French flavor. I dig every thing about this from the title cut to the Dietrich-like "Ces Petits Riens". And the bossa nova like "Rafavela" is so smooth it makes one wonder what in the heck were we doing while she was putting out years of great sound. If listeners of this CD find themselves compelled to find earlier productions of this great international artist then that will be fantastic. "Black Ivory Soul" is full of sultry, sexy textures and rhythms. Don't worry that she seldom sings in English. The important translations are given to some of the words in the CD's lyric book, if that sort of thing is a requirement for you. You more than likely are not going to be hindered by Kidjo's Bahian lyrics, because the point is that the music is universal and somehow you'll know exactly what she's saying, anyway. This is, in my opinion, one of the finest CDs put out in quite a while. Get it for your collection, now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole family will enjoy Black Ivory Soul
The sings are full of great instrumentals, and the vocals are singable even if you don't speak the languages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Ivory Soul
I was first introduced to Angelique Kidjo in an exercise class. Now I listen to her when I commute to work.
Published 17 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Angelique Kidjo is a genius. Some of the song's border on the far-out spiritual extremes, and if you're Christian, this will make you wonder a little bit, but she's an amaazing... Read more
Published 17 months ago by RK
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelique Kidjo
All tracks are melodic; some are driving, some are haunting. I heard some of the music in a French film and was hooked. I love this CD.
Published on November 18, 2009 by B. Resnick
4.0 out of 5 stars Kidjo world fusion
Is an interesting album, reflecting cultural emotions that extends through continents but penetrates your soul.
Published on November 30, 2007 by Ana H. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new find
I heard her music over a crowd at a museum opening event and found the DJ to get the name of the musician. I just bought this CD as a first sample and I love it! Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by Wistar Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Singer
This is a great and beautiful singer, her style is cool and uptempo, easy to listen to all day. I have all her CD's, I give this CD and "Logozo" a 4 score only because my favorite... Read more
Published on October 10, 2006 by Robert Thorbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Passport, WILL travel
From Bahia to Refavela to Ces Petits Riens...the range of Angelique is astounding. The obvious next step see her live in concert!
Published on September 30, 2006 by N. Alexandre
BLACK IVORY SOUL by Angelique Kidjo was a 2004 birthday gift to me from one of my few true friends, Melanie. [Thanks, MelNel! Read more
Published on September 3, 2006 by STEPHEN T. McCARTHY
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Magic
This could be Kidjo's best ever, although she's still young, and no doubt, has more tricks up her sleeve, as the more recent, Caribbean-influenced OYAYA! would indicate. Read more
Published on July 3, 2006 by Mark D. Prouse
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