On "Black Ivory Soul", Angelique Kidjo explores the musical kinship between Africa and Brazil. The album features a festive percussive mix of African and Brazilian rhythms played by an array of top-notch musicians. "Black Ivory Soul" was produced by Bill Laswell and also includes songwriting collaborations with Carlinhos Brown and Vinicius Cantuaria. The first single will be the explosive uplifting summer anthem "Tumba". Listen for yourself and see why she is considered one of the greatest contemporary African musicians.
"Kidjo mingles her sinuous vocals with the percolating rhythms and coolly sensual guitars of Brazil on her first studio release in four years. It's a seamless blend of everything from straight-up funk to Serge Gainsbourg, as strong and sweetly intoxicating as a caipirinha."
-- Interview Magazine (March 2002)
"Kidjo's dynamic and versatile voice does justice to everything from dance inspiring cookers to achingly beautiful laments...rewards repeated listening. Crafted with love and it shows." ---JAZZWISE UK (February 2002)
"...a beautiful ethnic tapestry" (three and a half stars out of four) --New York Post
"Ang+lique Kidjo embraces her culture with an Afro-funk explosion and treats her many die-hard fans to sensual rhythms an hot beats" --Honey
"Crafted with love and it shows." --Jazzwise (UK)
"...as strong and sweetly intoxicating as a caipirinha" --Interview Magazine
"The Songs run free and the melodies enchant and surprise..." --Rollingstone.com