Angélique Kidjo nature personified as a creative legend on ‘Mother Nature’ album.
Six-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in the international music community and here she served the world with her 18th studio album titled ‘Mother Nature’ collaborative projects.
‘Mother Nature’ album is somewhat influenced by Nigerian creatives and antics of the country in the African space, from the top artists to the producers, like Rexxie and Kel P producing some of the important tracks from the album.
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Dignity feat. Yemi Alade
On the official single off the album, “Dignity,” Kidjo and Nigerian singer-songwriter Yemi Alade connected so effortlessly and sync with laidback vocal lining singing about the women they’ve become and for the empowerment of women, also praises who raised them, their voices weaving between pop and Afrobeat infused.
arranged peacefully in a call and response between the two, the track hangs on the impassioned refrain, “Respect is reciprocal” as an anthem of female empowerment, the message is understated but resolute.
Africa, One of a Kind feat. Mr Eazi and Salif Keita
On “Africa, One of a Kind,” Nigerian superstar and Banku singer Mr Eazi joins Malian Grammy Award winner and legendary Salif Keita to reimagine Keita’s 1995 song “Africa.”
Where some write songs to represent area codes or neighbourhoods, Angélique Kidjo, Keita, and Mr Eazi address those who claim allegiance to the entirety or whole of the continent, celebrating a pan-Africanist pride and love that recognizes no borders.
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Do Yourself feat. Burna Boy
However, these cross-generational collaborations give the album much of its power.
This album, ‘Mother Nature’ serves to remind what makes her such a captivating performer and storyteller; her characteristic and eccentricity add fullness to her work.
“Omon Oba,” with appearances by Beninese artists Lionel Loueke and Zeynab, takes its old-school feel from Zimbabwean township music pioneered in the early 1930s, and “Take It or Leave It” is unmistakably influenced by the urbane tones of highlife, with an amusingly frank verse courtesy of EarthGang’s Olu.
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Mp3bullet gives the project an 90% (Excellent) general rating