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Oremi

Angelique Kidjo

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Afro-pop star Angelique Kidjo's last album of the 1990s was her best yet. Titled Oremi, which means "friends," her fifth album was a tour de force with many great collaborations, including hip-hop star Kelly Price ("Open Your Eyes"), Robbie Neville, Cassandra Wilson (the duet "Never Know"), and Branford Marsalis. The first CD in a proposed "American" trilogy, Oremi explores the connections between African music and R&B. The album begins with a reinterpretation of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child," perhaps the best cover of his material ever. Oremi, however, is not simply a stylistic album; higher consciousness and political sentiments are here too, especially with the impassioned plea in "Babalao" to care for the world's youth. This album is Angelique Kidjo's strongest, most inspired one, but her mainstream stylistic choices opened her up to criticism for being too "pop" and not "African" enough. Such comments are truly unfounded. Oremi is sexy, thrilling, and powerful. One of the best albums in the genre. A good place to start for someone beginning to listen to world music.
© JT Griffith /TiVo

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1
Introduction
00:00:38

Jean Hebrail, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
00:03:49

Peter Mokran, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jimi Hendrix, ComposerLyricist - Ron Lowe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist - Ben A. Holt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Never Know
00:04:43

Jean Hebrail, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robbie Nevil, ComposerLyricist - Ron Lowe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cassandra Wilson, FeaturedArtist - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ben A. Holt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Babalao
00:04:31

Jean Hebrail, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Chris Habeck, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Loloye
00:03:52

Jean Hebrail, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Naima, FeaturedArtist - Chris Habeck, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Itche Koutche
00:05:56

Branford Marsalis, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jean Hebrail, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ron Lowe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ben A. Holt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Open Your Eyes
00:04:28

Jean Hebrail, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ron Lowe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kelly Price, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ben A. Holt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Yaki Yaki
00:03:42

Jean Hebrail, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Chris Habeck, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Give It Up
00:04:20

Jean Hebrail, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ron Lowe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Faragher, ComposerLyricist - Ben A. Holt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Oremi
00:03:51

Jean Hebrail, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith "KC" Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Chris Habeck, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Orubaba
00:04:16

Jean Hebrail, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Christophe Dupouy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
No Worry
00:03:41

Jean Hebrail, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mokran, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robbie Nevil, ComposerLyricist - Angelique Kidjo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ez Cut, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mr. Mellow, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Afro-pop star Angelique Kidjo's last album of the 1990s was her best yet. Titled Oremi, which means "friends," her fifth album was a tour de force with many great collaborations, including hip-hop star Kelly Price ("Open Your Eyes"), Robbie Neville, Cassandra Wilson (the duet "Never Know"), and Branford Marsalis. The first CD in a proposed "American" trilogy, Oremi explores the connections between African music and R&B. The album begins with a reinterpretation of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child," perhaps the best cover of his material ever. Oremi, however, is not simply a stylistic album; higher consciousness and political sentiments are here too, especially with the impassioned plea in "Babalao" to care for the world's youth. This album is Angelique Kidjo's strongest, most inspired one, but her mainstream stylistic choices opened her up to criticism for being too "pop" and not "African" enough. Such comments are truly unfounded. Oremi is sexy, thrilling, and powerful. One of the best albums in the genre. A good place to start for someone beginning to listen to world music.
© JT Griffith /TiVo

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