Currently on the world music stage, no artist shimmers with quite the intensity or artistic integrity of Angelique Kidjo. The latest achievement from the Benin-born singer, whose personal ethics once forced her to quit her law studies in Paris, is Oyaya! (Columbia), produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and String Cheese Incident fame. Appropriately, the title means “joy” in Kidjo’s native language of Yoruba. Oyaya!, the third part of her global trilogy that previously explored African roots in American (Oremi) and Brazilian (Black Ivory Soul, featuring her wonderful pairing with Dave Matthews on “Iwoya”) music, examines Caribbean styles and rhythms from just about every conceivable angle.
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