With a little help from her friends, international music star and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Angelique Kidjo will return this spring with "Djin Djin," a return to her diverse cultural and musical root
With a little help from her friends, international music star and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Angelique Kidjo will return this spring with "Djin Djin," a return to her diverse cultural and musical roots.
Due May 1 via Razor & Tie and Starbucks Entertainment, the album finds Kidjo partnered with producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Morrissey, T. Rex) as well as Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and Ziggy Marley. "Djin Djin" will be sold in Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional retailers.
Singing in her native languages as well as in English and French, Kidjo revisits the music of her native Benin, building the album's sound around the traditional rhythms of her country.
The set features such tracks as a cover of Sade's "Pearl" with Groban and Santana, "Salala" featuring Gabriel, "Sedjedo" with Marley and "Gimme Shelter" with Stone. Keys and Marsalis appear on the title cut.
In addition, Kidjo will join Groban as the opening act for his spring tour, which begins Feb. 17 in Verona, N.Y. and runs through April 7 in Las Vegas.
Here is the track list for "Djin Djin":
"Djin Djin" featuring Alicia Keys and Branford Marsalis
"Gimme Shelter" featuring Joss Stone
"Salala" featuring Peter Gabriel
"Senamou" featuring Amadou and Mariam
"Pearls" featuring Josh Groban and Carlos Santana
"Sedjedo" featuring Ziggy Marley
"Mama Golo Papa"
"Lonlon (Ravel's Bolero)"