I’m listening to my latest iTunes purchase: Angélique Kidjo & Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The name of the album is Sings. Each time I’ve listened to it I’ve appreciated it more. Two songs stand out: Malaika and Otishe. Malaika is a slow, melodic beauty that shows off Angélique’s wonderous voice. (By the way, isn’t Angélique Kidjo a gorgeous name?) The Digital Booklet doesn’t have a word about the songs, but I think Malaika, written by Fadhili William, is an African song. Otishe is a traditional song adapted by Kidjo. She adapted well. Otishe is a bit more uptempo than Malaika. The orchestra sounds great on both songs and on all the other songs. It’s a perfect complement to Kidjo, never overpowering, never too syrupy, just right. This album is fast becoming one of my favorites.
I think that most of the songs are African. There is one French song, Petite Fleur, a Sidney Bechet song. There is one Spanish song, Samba Para Ti, the Carlos Santana song. Kidjo slows down Samba Para Ti. It turns out so relaxing that it makes you start to sway and hum along. (By the way again. I’ve been learning Spanish and can actually understand a bit of Samba Para Ti – Samba For You.