Angélique Kidjo

Origin : Benin
Instrument :
Styles : Afro Funk
Official Site : Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo : discography

Angélique Kidjo - Djin Djin album cover Album : Djin Djin
Year : 2007
Angélique Kidjo - Oyaya album cover Album : Oyaya
Label : Sony Music
Year : 2004
Angélique Kidjo - Black Ivory Soul album cover Album : Black Ivory Soul
Year : 2002
Angélique Kidjo - Keep on moving (Best of Angélique Kidjo) album cover Album : Keep on moving (Best of Angélique Kidjo)
Label : Mélodie
Year : 2001
Angélique Kidjo - Oremi album cover Album : Oremi
Label : Island Records
Year : 1998
Ref : CD 5245212
Angélique Kidjo - Fifa album cover Album : Fifa
Label : Mango
Year : 1996
Ref : CD 524 203-2
Angélique Kidjo - Ayé album cover Album : Ayé
Label : Mango
Year : 1994
Ref : CD 518 432-2
Agolo Sun/NeXT audio (213 K)
Angélique Kidjo - Logozo album cover Album : Logozo
Label : Mango
Year : 1991
Ref : CD 510-352-2
Angélique Kidjo - Parakou album cover Album : Parakou
Label : Open
Year : 1989
Ref : CD COP 026 CD
Angélique Kidjo - Pretty album cover Album : Pretty

You may buy theses Albums on :

News about Angélique Kidjo

A version of this story about Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine.

“After 35 years of writing musicals, I’m beginning to realize that I am sort of a political writer,” said lyricist Lynn Ahrens, whose work has ranged from the Broadway musicals “Ragtime” and “Once on This Island” to the animated film “Anastasia” and the TV series “Schoolhouse Rock.” “There’s sometimes a subliminal political message in what I write, and songwriting can make a difference even if it’s not what you intended.”

She first realized this, Ahrens said, when the climactic song from the 1998 musical “Ragtime,” “Make Them Hear You,” took on a life of its own outside that show, including a spectacular version by Aretha Franklin in honor of Nelson Mandela. “That song made me understand that even if I’m writing for a specific purpose, there can be a larger political meaning to what I do,” she said.

The latest example, co-written with her longtime collaborator Stephen Flaherty, is “How Can I Tell You?” from “Nasrin,” director Jeff Kaufman and producer Marcia Ross’ documentary about the imprisoned Iranian lawyer and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh. Ahrens and Flaherty had gotten to know Kaufman and Ross when the filmmakers made a movie about their friend and frequent collaborator, playwright Terrence McNally, so they were receptive when asked if they’d write a song.

Also Read: How Janelle Monae Created a Fight Song for Stacey Abrams

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Photo by Nathan Johnson)

“They shared a rough cut of the film with us, and we were so taken with it that we didn’t even have to discuss it — we knew that we needed to be part of it,” Flaherty said.

The key to the song, he added, was that they wanted it “to be about the person as well as the movement.” He wrote the music, which builds from a feeling of separation to one of connection, looking at a picture of Sotoudeh on his piano. Ahrens, meanwhile, pored over letters that the activist had written her husband and children while imprisoned for defending women who challenged Iran’s mandatory hijab law.

“I was baffled by how a mother could go to prison and be given lashes and still allow herself to remain loving and unembittered,” she said. “It’s so beautiful, I just felt that I had to do her justice.” African singer Angelique Kidjo’s fierce performance helps the song feel universal, but for Ahrens and Flaherty it started smaller than that.

Also Read: 'Collective' Director on Documentary's Curious Link to Orson Welles' 1949 Classic 'The Third Man'

“It’s hard to write in generalities,” she said. “When somebody says, ‘Write an anthem for world peace,’ it’s almost impossible. But when they give you letters between a mother and a child, it gives you a glimpse of a small moment that can become much larger.”

Read more from the Race Begins issue here.

Photo: TheWrap

Related stories from TheWrap:

Why John Legend Went From Producer to Songwriter on August Wilson Documentary 'Giving Voice'

How Janelle Monae Created a Fight Song for Stacey Abrams

Neil Young Sells 50% Stake of Song Catalog; Latest Classic Rocker to Cash in

Source : | 2021-01-12 18:10:18.0
Angelique Kidjo headlines all-star lineup of Dec. 1 online fundraising concert, ‘Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice,’ to celebrate the UN's 75th anniversary
Source : | 2020-11-24 00:30:59.0