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Angelique Kidjo to Release New Album, “Eve,” in January

Tour and autobiography for African singer also planned for 2014

Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo

Vocalist Angelique Kidjo has signed with 429 Records and will release Eve, her debut for the label, Jan. 28. The African-born singer also plans a U.S. tour and the publication of her autobiography, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music, in 2014.

Eve, according to a press release, is a “collection of songs dedicated to the power of African womanhood, particularly those women she grew up with in her native Benin.” The album was produced by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Fatboy Slim) and is named after Kidjo’s mother. Among the musicians performing on the recording are Dr. John, Rostamm Btmanglij (Vampire Weekend), the Kronos Quartet and the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxumbourg, as well as guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Steve Jordan, bassist Christian McBride and Senegalese percussionist Magatte Sow. Kidjo’s autobiography, written with Rachel Wenrick, will be published by Harper Collins.

Eve track listing

1) M’Baamba (Kenyan Song)

2) Shango Wa

3) Eva (featuring ASA)

4) Interlude: Agbade

5) Bomba (featuring Rostam Batmanglij)

6) Hello (featuring Trio Teriba)

7) Blewu

8) Kamoushou

9) Kulumbu (featuring Dr. John)

10) Interlude: Kletedjan

11) Ebile (featuring Kronos Quartet)

12) Awalole (featuring the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg)

13) Bana (featuring Yvonne Kidjo)

14) Orisha

15) Interlude: Wayi

16) Coari

For more information visit 429 Records.

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