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Angelique Kidjo

  • Logozo [Mango, 1992] Choice Cuts
  • Ayé [Mango, 1994] C+
  • Fifo [Mango, 1996] Dud
  • Black Ivory Soul [Columbia, 2002] Dud
  • Djin Djin [Razor & Tie, 2007] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Logozo [Mango, 1992]
"Batonga" Choice Cuts

Ayé [Mango, 1994]
The queen of world music isn't merely a big voice--she's also a compact body. Plus, terrific Afro-Parisian clothes sense. And to top it all off, a crew cut. In short (five-one, maybe five-two), she's a disco queen with a gimmick--earthier than Ya Kid K, maybe, but less grounded. And the follow-up doesn't even have "Batonga"'s synth riff to jolly you past the guitar solos. (Well, actually it does--it just doesn't have another one.) C+

Fifo [Mango, 1996] Dud

Black Ivory Soul [Columbia, 2002] Dud

Djin Djin [Razor & Tie, 2007] Dud