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Oyo

by Angelique Kidjo

Oyo by Angelique Kidjo

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Oyo

by Angelique Kidjo

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Label: Razor & Tie
On Oyo, Kidjo pays homage to the songs of her youth, starting with a siren call salute to the late Bella Bellow and ending (almost) with the first song she ever sang onstage: "Atcha Houn." In between, we hear Aretha Franklin translated into Fon, a Bollywood nugget, Otis Redding and Santana covers. But the high points aren't always obvious: "Cold Sweat" falls flat, while Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" is ravishing. (She ravishes us again on the Brazil-inspired "Afia.") And when she and John Legend team up for "Move On Up," you can feel the entirety of young Africa stirring in response.

About This Album

On Oyo, Kidjo pays homage to the songs of her youth, starting with a siren call salute to the late Bella Bellow and ending (almost) with the first song she ever sang onstage: "Atcha Houn." In between, we hear Aretha Franklin translated into Fon, a Bollywood nugget, Otis Redding and Santana covers. But the high points aren't always obvious: "Cold Sweat" falls flat, while Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" is ravishing. (She ravishes us again on the Brazil-inspired "Afia.") And when she and John Legend team up for "Move On Up," you can feel the entirety of young Africa stirring in response.

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About This Album

On Oyo, Kidjo pays homage to the songs of her youth, starting with a siren call salute to the late Bella Bellow and ending (almost) with the first song she ever sang onstage: "Atcha Houn." In between, we hear Aretha Franklin translated into Fon, a Bollywood nugget, Otis Redding and Santana covers. But the high points aren't always obvious: "Cold Sweat" falls flat, while Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" is ravishing. (She ravishes us again on the Brazil-inspired "Afia.") And when she and John Legend team up for "Move On Up," you can feel the entirety of young Africa stirring in response.