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Keep on Moving: The Best of Angelique Kidjo

Angelique KidjoAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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.
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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • ASIN: B00197U0EO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summertime
2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
3. Agolo
4. Fifa
5. Batonga
6. Wombo Lombo
7. Malaika
8. Open Your Eyes
9. The Sound of the Drums
10. Adouma
11. Naïma
12. Tourner la Page
13. Babalao
14. Agossi
15. Idjé-Idjé
16. Tombo
17. Wé Wé
18. Sénié

Editorial Reviews

Angelique Kidjo is one of the most electrifying artists in the Pop world. With effortless cross-pollination of the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America, no artist makes music for the world quite like Angelique Kidjo. She spices her funky, vocal-driven dance music with rhythmic and percussive details of her homeland. The distinctly African drumbeats on most of her albums, as well as the richness of her voice and the rhythm of her native language, Fon, have given Kidjo a boost in her rise to the status of international musical sensation.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best August 14, 2005
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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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lund
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!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong African based songs June 15, 2002
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Summertime Ever November 19, 2001
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Introduction to this World Songstress! June 29, 2004
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Moving May 19, 2001
By Kim
Format:Audio CD
This album is a perfect starter for those who haven't heard Angelique's music. It's also a perfect collection for current fans. All of the best songs are here, including "Summertime" and "Tourner la Page." There are as many ballads as there are up-beat, danceable tunes. Angelique will definitely have you "keep on moving."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little woman with a big, big voice September 10, 2001
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A friend of mine was once sharing a house in West Africa with a young American guy who had a fondness of waif-like female singers (Jewell, Natalie Imbruglia et al.). Periodically my buddy would put Angelique Kidjo on the boombox to, as he put it, "air the house out." Indeed, 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 US market, 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 tunes 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant stuff the sound is phenomenal, produced with fabulous sound.
Published 1 month ago by Christine P Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Moving
Kidjo has a great voice. Her renditions of American standards like "Summertime" are beautiful and melodic. Her own songs from Africa are breathtaking.
Published 3 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Kidjo at her Best!
I've always liked Angelique Kidjo's high energy, but her versatile singing styles in different languages (from her native language to French and English) are terrific! Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by J. R. Deberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to getting it after seeing her on Yo Gabba Gabba!
My son loves Yo Gabba Gabba and we watch it everyday. We love this singer and husband ordered her album. Looking forward to hearing the rest of her songs!
Published on March 20, 2010 by D. Baugher P.
5.0 out of 5 stars "BEST OF" is RIGHT ON
I listen to every type of music possible, and I heard Angelique Kidjo on a local member-supported radio station about 10 years ago (WXPN-Phila) and was drawn to her "Voodoo Child"... Read more
Published on August 14, 2009 by BChristine
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic beautiful varietal
I could use all these terms to describe a rose as well as Ms. Kidjo's beautiful voice. No matter what I say, the sound is just as sweet. Read more
Published on May 19, 2009 by R. Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars sherman
She has a great and unique sound. She gives her all in performance on CD.
Published on November 13, 2006 by Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
i really loved it. her style is unique and that is what draws me to her music.
Published on June 7, 2006 by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion @ its finest
The best of Miss Kidjo! Buy this music.Peace of mind will follow!!
Published on March 12, 2006 by K. M. Keefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Blend of Africa, Europe, and America
Angelique Kidjo's music is a blend of African (where she was born), European (where she lives) and America (where she draws much inspiration). Read more
Published on February 28, 2006 by K. Cooper
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