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Angélique Kidjo On World Cafe | April 23, 2014

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Angelique Kidjo is a musical superstar from Benin, West Africa. Since her album Logozo in 1991, she has graced stages around the globe. Now living in Brooklyn, Kidjo has a pair of new projects to discuss here, along with a performance from the stage of World Cafe Live.

Kidjo's new album Eve is dedicated to the women of Africa; it includes music for her mother, whose work in theater inspired Kidjo to perform. In this session, she'll discuss her ongoing work with UNICEF and the overwhelming problems confronting African women today. Kidjo also has a new autobiography called Spirit Rising that traces her remarkable life from Benin to Paris, where she was signed by Chris Blackwell to Island Records.

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Yeasayer “Wait for the Summer” All Hour Cymbals
Paul Simon “Boy in the Bubble” Graceland
tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain” Nikki-Nack 
((Dr. John “Big Chief” Gumbo))
Angelique Kidjo “Bomba” Eve
Angelique Kidjo “Kulumbu” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Angelique Kidjo “Malaika” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Angelique Kidjo “Samba Pa Ti” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Head and the Heart “Shake” Let’s Be Still
The Hold Steady “Spinners” Teeth Dreams
Frank Turner “Recovery” Tape Deck Heart
((Angelique Kidjo “Kulumbu” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Richard Thompson “Tear Stained Letter” Hand of Kindness
Boy George “King of Everything” This is What I Do
Suzanne Vega “I Never Wear White” Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
Lou Reed “I Love You Suzanne” New Sensations
((The Dismemberment Plan “Lookin’” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Counting Crows “Daylight Fading” Recovering the Satellites
Elbow “New York Morning” The Take Off And Landing of Everything
Drive-By Truckers “Pauline Hawkins” English Oceans
Spoon “Don’t Make Me A Target” Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Houndmouth “Penitentiary” From the Hills Below the City
((Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
RL Burnside “Let My Baby Ride” Come on In
White Denim “Pretty Green” Corsicana Lemonade
Courtney Barnett “David” The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Men at Work “Down Under” Business as Usual
((Local Natives “You and I” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))