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A while back Angelique Kidjo played a concert in Warsaw and one of my students was raving about her as she said she met and spoke to her fans individually after the concert for a considerable time and makes beautiful music.
I'd actually never heard of her but realised that I actually had one of her cd's as part of a larger package I had bought for resale. Aye by Angelique Kidjo is supposedly said to be her best album and it was released in 1994 on the Fontana Island label. I was pretty disappointed, it wasn't what I expected at all.
I expected a modernised version of West African roots music but found that this artist from Benin had more in common to today's crap pop than pop at its best and there was not enough of the African sound for my liking. This I blame on the US and UK producers who clearly made it sound more poppy, although it was a bit ahead of its time as it has a lot in common with current pop.
Her voice for whatever reason just didn't have the smooth sound that I had expected, this may have something to do with me not being a great fan of soprano voices.
3. Azan Nan Kpe
5. Djan - Djan
6. Lon Lon Vadjor
8. Idje - Idje
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Aza Nan Kpé
6 Lon Lon Vadjro