Monday, February 9, 2015

Angelique Kidjo Wins Second Grammy and Announces New Album "Sings"


Angelique Kidjo Wins World Music Grammy & Announces New Album "Sings" Set For Release March 31 On 429 Records Beninese Singer/Songwriter Records Signature Songs & New Material with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg

 Second Grammy Win for Highly Lauded 2014 Album "Eve"

"When Kidjo sings…she does it with fire in her belly and funk in the groove" NPR

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Angelique Kidjo, the Benin born singer/songwriter is celebrating the win last night of her second "Best World Music Album" Grammy Award for her #1 charting 2014 album Eve, as well as the announcement of her new 429 Records album Sings. Produced by Kidjo and long-time production partner Jean Hebrail, Sings showcases Kidjo's collaboration with the 110 piece Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg, led by renowned conductor and composer Gast Waltzing. Kidjo reimagines nine classic songs from her 24 year repertoire and two new songs ("Otishe" and "Mamae" from the Eve sessions), blending European classical traditions with the powerful rhythmic sounds of her native West Africa. Along with the orchestra, Kidjo's additional players include Christian McBride and Massimo Biolcati on upright basses; Lionel Loueke, Dominic James and David Laborier on guitars; Magatte Sow, Crespin Tpikiti and Benoit Avihoue on percussion; Tuelo Kgobokoe Tsholofetso and Mokubung, background vocals; and Gast Waltzing, flugelhorn solo on "Samba Pa Ti." Angelique Kidjo's Sings will be released on 429 Records March 31st.

Kidjo's accolades include a 20 year discography, two Grammy Awards, thousands of concerts around the world and being named "Africa's premier diva" (Time Magazine) and "the undisputed Queen of African Music" (Daily Telegraph). In addition to winning the Grammy for Eve, 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: "The orchestra brings different textures to my life and music. Unlike in pop music, the orchestra doesn't follow you, it leads and dares you to follow it. If you don't do this successfully, the songs suffer and the communication is lost. But I love the challenge of doing new things. I never want to get too comfortable with what I'm doing, and I love my work too much to repeat myself."

Sings track listing:
1)
Malaika

2)
Ominira

3)
Kelele

4)
Fifa

5)
Otishe

6)
Bahia

7)
Petite Fleur

8)
Samba Pa Ti

9)
Mamae

10)
Naima

11)
Loloye


To preorder Angelique Kidjo's Sings, visit:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Sings_ITMS
or Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Kidjo_Sings_AmzP
For more information visit:
www.429records.com

429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

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