Ranked among the most influential women in the world by the british newspaper The Guardian , the Franco-Beninese Angélique Kidjo is an artist in the career admirable. On the 19th of April last, she added a new chapter to this journey without fault: an album, Celia , dedicated to the repertoire of the immense figure of the salsa singer Celia Cruz. This native of Havana, had fled the castro regime starting in the late 1950s to join the legendary new york label Fania. Angélique Kidjo was still a child when she attended a concert of the diva, the stage personality sparkling.
Heir spiritual of Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone, Angelique Kidjo, who fled the authoritarian regime of Benin in the early 1980s, now lives in the United States. His last album saw her return the entire masterpiece of the Talking Heads, Remain in Light . She has also made an appearance at the Zenith with David Byrne last November.
On the album Celia, she has worked with the great David Donatien, who also provides details on the disc: “I wanted to create an original project that stands out among the arcana of the usual salsa. It was necessary to find the point of intersection between Africa, the modernity.”
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