Now here’s some hot African groove music, by way of Europe and the U.S.A. Angélique Kidjo was born in Benin, West Africa, but broke out as a singer in Paris and now lives in New York City.
Kidjo has been turning heads ever since she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival 20 years ago with the Euro-Afro-jazz band Pili Pili.
Her latest album, “Djin Djin,” came out in May. It features a global mix of guest artists, including Carlos Santana, Ziggy Marley, Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, Alicia Keys, Amp Fiddler and percussionists from her home country.
The song “Papa” is available as a FREE MP3 download, courtesy of AOL’s Spinner.com. Just go here and hit the “Download” link.
If you want to hear “Papa” streaming on my Vox site, click here.
The “Djin Djin” album is downloadable from iTunes, eMusic and Calabash Music.