Angelique Kidjo digs into her roots with her 2010 release, Oyo. Roots that reach far beyond her
West African homeland of Benin, because Grammy Award winning singer, dancer and songwriter
Kidjo is a definitive 21st century World artist. Her art roves across boundaries, genres and
ethnicities, finding the connections that link musical forms from every part of the world, while still
bonding closely with her own traditions.
The songs on Oyo embrace Rhythm & Blues, Soul music, Jazz, and Beninese melodies, as well as
four of her own original works. Featuring her unique interpretations of songs from artists as diverse
as James Brown, Otis Redding, Miriam Makeba and Santana, and including guests Bono, John
Legend, Roy Hargrove, and Dianne Reeves, Oyo is a truly diverse collection reflecting the music
that inspired Angelique growing up.