Even though Angelique Kidjo is working out of New York now, I can’t help but think of the world music scene in Paris when I hear her. I am astonished by the ringing clarity of her voice on Zelie, the opening track of her new album, Oyo. The album has all the energy of this 2005 live performance of Africa, when Angelique was joined onstage by Annie Lennox.
Encore: Check out NPR’s recent interview with Angelique Kidjo. It includes links to a full concert as well as a cover of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” (also on Oyo, but I haven’t found a video yet). Then you gotta hear James Brown himself. Kidjo and Joss Stone out-Jaggers Jagger on Gimme Shelter.