Angélique Kidjo to Release 'Eve' Album in January: Exclusive Song Premiere
The Grammy winning African artist has a busy 2014 lined up; Listen to "Eva," featuring Asa, off her upcoming album
For Angélique Kidjo, "Eve" represents a fresh start. The world music icon has struck a new recording deal with 429 Records, from which a new album, "Eve," will be the first fruit arriving Jan. 28.
Produced by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Fatboy Slim), "Eve" is an upbeat, celebratory set. It's a collection of songs dedicated to the power of African womanhood, and in particular to those women she grew up with in her native Benin. And it's rich with melody and rhythm.
On "Eve," Kidjo performs in an array of native Beninese languages including Fon, Yoruba, Goun and Mina, and she introduces women’s choirs from several African villages in Benin and Kenya. Kidjo gathers an eclectic line-up of talents, from Dr. John to Rostamm Btmanglij (Vampire Weekend), The Kronos Quartet and the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxumbourg.
Billboard exclusively premieres the album track "Eva," featuring Nigerian singer Asa.
"Eve," explains Kidjo, is an album "of remembrance of African women I grew up with and a testament to the pride and strength that hide behind the smile that masks everyday troubles."
Anchoring the new recording are guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Steve Jordan, bass player Christian McBride and Senegalese percussionist Magatte Sow.
For Kidjo, 2014 is shaping as a particularly big year. The Grammy-winning artist is planning a tour of the United States and she will promote the release of her upcoming autobiography, "Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music."
The tome, written with Rachel Wenrick and published by Harper Collins, will arrive Jan. 7, 2014. "Eve" -- named after Kidjo's mother -- is due Jan. 28 but can be pre-ordered here.
A UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Kidjo's star-studded 2007 recording "Djin Djin" won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album. The follow-up, "Õÿö" from 2010, was nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the Grammys.
"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)
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)
15) Interlude: Wayi