September 21, 2019 – 4:36 am


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BBC Proms 2019 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; July 30, 2019. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV broadcast).

Described as ‘the undisputed queen of African music’, three-time Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo makes her Proms debut with her nine-piece band in a late-night tribute to the celebrated salsa songstress Celia Cruz. Kidjo’s tribute album, Celia, was released in April 2019.

Kidjo grew up in Benin, West Africa, listening to salsa and found Celia Cruz a huge inspiration. She later discovered that much of Cruz’s music was inspired by Yoruba traditional songs that migrated from Benin to the Americas with the slave workers.

Kidjo here reinvents these songs in the Afrobeat and juju styles of West Africa, reflecting their true origins. Also featured are three Talking Heads songs, from her 2018 Remain In Light tribute album.

Thanks to smiler40 for sharing the HDTV broadcast at Dime.

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Track 01. Introduction 4:07
Track 02. Baila Yemaya 3:25
Track 03. Cucala 5:20
Track 04. Crosseyed And Painless (Talking Heads cover) 7:17
Track 05. Sahara 4:41
Track 06. Houses In Motion (Talking Heads cover) 5:59
Track 07. Quimbara 5:31
Track 08. Toro Mata 5:27
Track 09. La Vida Es Un Carnaval/Oya Diosa 8:04
Track 10. Once In A Lifetime (Talking Heads cover) 5:59
Track 11. Bemba Colora 3:51
Track 12. Afirika 6:02
Track 13. Tumba 8:28
Track 14. Pata Pata 5:25
80 mins

Angélique Kidjo - vocals
Thierry Vaton - piano, keyboards
Dominic James - guitar
Michael Olatuja - bass
Michael Joussein - trombone
Philippe Slominsky - trumpet
Allen Hoist - saxophone, flute
Magatte Sow - percussion
Yayo Serka - drums
Roberto Fonseca - piano

Click here to order Celia.

  1. 37 Responses to “ANGELIQUE KIDJO - BBC PROMS, LONDON 2019”

  2. Thanks for this. Intriguing to hear Talking Heads songs done without David Byrne’s sense of aloofness and irony. She essentially takes these songs back from him.

    By Tony Pizza on Sep 21, 2019

  3. Thanks for posting the work of such a brilliant musician.

    Got to remember when she takes on the songs from “Remain in Light” she is performing African-based songs from an African perspective. I have heard her do the entire “Remain in Light” album live and thought it was almost all marvelous. I quibble with her version of “Once in. Lifetime” because her version loses the dread that is essential to the song.

    But all in a all great work by a great musician.

    African influence is so essential to blues, jazz, rock and roll and even bluegrass, its always great to hear from someone closer to the source

    By Frederick Miller on Sep 21, 2019

  4. Hey, I heard this on the radio when it went out, but never thought to record it. This was a brilliant performance, and I’m looking forward to downloading it soon

    By Bing Bongong on Sep 21, 2019

  5. This ain’t shit . Classic Rock is what everybody wants or should want motherfuckin coon music again . Hate fuckin coons . Theys all sound like savages in the fuckin jungle cept Motown ‘ Supremes ‘ Stevie Wonder ‘ Smoky Robinson ‘ Four Tops ‘ and the old coon blues and jazz coons who was great and had respect for the white man . Hate this along with that fuckin rap bullshit than never goes away .

    By Derrick on Sep 21, 2019

  6. I got me some good fuckin shit here ‘ Dylan even if he’s a fuckin Jew bastard. Beatles ‘ Stones ‘ Who ‘ Faces ‘ ‘ Neil Young ‘ Bowie ‘ Petty ‘ Springsteen ‘ but always this modern bullshit mixed in . Just get with the fuckin program and stay there all right ? That means fuckin classic rock . Wouldn’t mind hearing more Derik and the dominos ‘ fuckin Black Sabbath ‘ Cactus ‘ Steve Miller band ‘ Humble pie ‘ Foghat ‘ Montrose ‘ and I keep sayin get some fuckin Led Zep. That would hit the spot . No more coon and queer music from the fuckin 2000nds

    By Derrick on Sep 21, 2019

  7. World today fuckin sucks compared to the 70s . Hate being reminded of it .

    By Derrick on Sep 21, 2019

  8. Hey Anti ‘ how’s bout that coon rapist and bitch beater Antoneo Brown being cut by Belichick and the patriots ? Guess they got sick of having to answer questions bout his ugly black rapist ass . Belichick looked like he was gonna explode when reporters kept askin bout it . From what I know the bitches was coon bitches and not white like you’d expect today the fuckin sluts . Anyway wanted your take . Coons in the nfl ain’t nutin but woman beaters and rapists . Take em all back to Africa and dump em on the beach is what the government should do but won’t .

    By Derrick on Sep 21, 2019

  9. Throw some jew bastards in there too . Lots of them also rapists and child molesters

    By Derrick on Sep 21, 2019

  10. I don’t care for blacks and Jews males are violent who beat and rape women . Jews seem to be pervert who like underage girls and boys . Example Jeffery Epstein. .

    By Nelson on Sep 21, 2019

  11. Hey Nelson and Derrick don’t forget Harvey Weinstein. He and Jeff Epstein two peas in a pod . Everything Derrick said is right on . NFL is nothing but a bunch of black ape thugs .

    By HHH on Sep 21, 2019

  12. A Brown won’t be unemployed for long . Patriots succumbed to public pressure. That’s why they released him . Tyreek Hill ‘ Joe Mixon ‘ Zeke Elliott ‘ .Kareem Hunt still have jobs ‘ all mudshark abusers. If you can ball out the teams don’t give a shit .

    By HHH on Sep 21, 2019

  13. It appears the usual inadequate white boy circle jerk is in progress.

    By Kim on Sep 21, 2019

  14. The saddest thing about that circle jerk is that the jerkers do not understand the centrality of the music of those they despise to the music that they enjoy.

    I suppose they all clap on the downbeat.

    By Frederick Miller on Sep 21, 2019

  15. Maybe on the upstroke, Frederick. Unless they
    experience the sound of one hand clapping. Nah ! Not from these alt. white jerk-offs.

    By ben dover on Sep 21, 2019

  16. Kim sounds like the typical mud shark who likes big black dic and who orgasims every time one of her apes gives her an ass beating .

    By HHH on Sep 22, 2019

  17. HHH, Kim gave You the ass whuppin’.
    Not only is your response a tired re-run,
    but it took you hours to remember something
    you always write. Pretty lame-ass, Lotionfingers.

    By ben dover on Sep 22, 2019

  18. Bunch of goddamned nigger lovers here .

    By Jerry Disher on Sep 22, 2019

  19. Jerry ‘ Kim is probably choaking on a big black dic while we speak

    By HHH on Sep 22, 2019

  20. Looking forward to the ass kicking afterwards

    By HHH on Sep 22, 2019

  21. Typical white trash mudshark

    By HHH on Sep 22, 2019

  22. I would LOOOOOVE to see Jerry Disher, Derrick,etc,take an Ancestory DNA test.

    I bet they smoke pot and go around shouting.
    They’re high yellers!!!!!!!

    By John on Sep 22, 2019

  23. It sounds to me like certain people condone bad abusive behavior by blacks / Jews etc . Jeffery Epstein was a pedophile rapist ‘ Harvey Weinstein is also a rapist. They are also Jews . No coincidence. Same with these nfl players . Every single one accused of violence against women is black .

    By Nelson on Sep 22, 2019

  24. A Brown apparently sent threatening texts to one of his accusers after he had already signed with the New England Patriots that’s why they released him . What a dumbass . Stupid monkey .

    By HHH on Sep 22, 2019

  25. “Nelson” (Congrats to yet another screen name HHH)-Refraining from racist thought and language does not mean we approve of illegal and immoral behavior. It does not surprise me that your dim mind hasn’t figured that out.We just have the brains to not hate an entire race for the behavior of individuals. Just as I would hope people would not judge the rest of us whites based on what they see in you. Still, it is funny (in a pathetic way) to see you posting as several people and agreeing with yourself. But gross too- who wants to watch someone engage in mental mas-turbation? Maybe you should leave momma’s basement and see the real world. There are many wonderful people of varying races, religions, and ethnicities. You’ll never meet them if you stay downstairs with your dic in one hand while you type racial and ethnic slurs with the other.

    By Mark on Sep 23, 2019

  26. Besides, doesn’t that get your keyboard all gooey and stain your Kum Klux Klan robe?

    By Mark on Sep 23, 2019

  27. Mark ‘ whoever the fuck he is sounds like a goddamned fool and a nigger lover too . I don’t sign off using other names you idiot . Why is it so hard to believe that many of us love our white race and hate nigger behavior. Like the others said the football players who rape and beat women and kids are niggers . Show me a white player on that list you goddamned nigger lover .

    By Jerry Disher on Sep 23, 2019

  28. Jerry ‘ you can’t talk to some folks ‘ liberal bastards . A coon could rape and kill their mother and sister and they’d still be against the death penalty. The world the way we knew it is gone bro . The men in white sheets ain’t coming back to keep order

    By Derrick on Sep 23, 2019

  29. It’s like hhh has said when Johnson gave them mother fuckin coons all the. Rights in the 60s that was the beginning of the end for us . In nuther 40 50 years everyone in America will be high yeller and mixed race . Thank god we won’t be here to see it .

    By Derrick on Sep 23, 2019

  30. Sounds like I really struck a nerve under the Derrick’s thin white skin. And again he makes like he’s talking to his man-crush Jerry. Maybe Derrick has multiple personalities and really believes the other screen names are not him.

    By Mark on Sep 23, 2019

  31. “Jerry” (we all know it’s you Derrick)-No, it’s not hard at all to think that there are many ignorant racists out there (I see them in the comments sections of articles on all the time), but it does strain credulity that so many would gather in a music site and feel an uncontrollable urge to spew racial and ethnic slurs.

    And the posts from your aliases appear so close in time to each other that it gives you away.

    By Mark on Sep 23, 2019

  32. This Mark idiot still thinks Derrick ‘ Antichrist ‘ Jerry and yours truly are one and the same . It figures because there are indeed people signing off as other posters everywhere here . Wonder how many names mark has . And what’s mark doing watching Fox News? Traitors and supporters of bad black behavior usually watch msnbc or cnn . Mark you’ve been listening to Don Lemon too much

    By HHH on Sep 24, 2019

  33. Mark is probably a supporter of the squad . Towel Head Omar the Muslim congresswoman and her cohart Alexandria Cossio Cortez

    By HHH on Sep 24, 2019

  34. I watch a variety of cable news channels and visit a variety if news and opinion websites. I’m open-minded and I take each issue one at a time. In some ways I’m a liberal and in others I’m conservative, but in each case I’m a moderate, not an extremist. I agree that illegal immigration should be stopped but I oppose some of Trump’s methods. I despise “The Squad” and I think socialist-democrats are as great a threat to America as Trump and his trumpettes. Yeah, I’ve got thick skin because extremists from both sides give me shit. That’s the price I gladly pay for thinking for myself. It’s also the reason why I’m secure in myself enough to only need or want one screen name.

    By Mark on Sep 24, 2019

  35. I oppose AOC and Omar and Tlaib on the issues without lowering myself to the depths of HHH and his aliases. Abolishing ICE is a terrible idea. SEsnsible but not extreme gun control is a necessity for the US. Sometimes Lemon makes sense to me, other times I think he’s full of shit. The same with the talking heads on Fox. It’s funny that Trump is getting pissed at Fox News for not always being his personal state media. Hannity reminds me of Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister for Hitler. Bernie Sanders reminds me of the crazy uncle you keep in the basement. As a matter of fact, I will agree with HHH that we are screwed as a country, but for a different reason. I don’t see any leader among us who can unite the country to the betterment of our society. Extremists on both sides won’t listen to each other. All they want to do is hate and shout at each other.TO quote a great writer, it’s all “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    By Mark on Sep 24, 2019

  36. I don’t have any other names . Im not them others . A Rush Limbaugh ‘ Sean Hannity ticket would make America great again . Still couldn’t get rid of the niggers though.

    By Jerry Disher on Sep 24, 2019

  37. This country could have been saved if Governor Wallace had won in 1972 . God Damn that Arthur Bremer .

    By Jerry Disher on Sep 24, 2019

  38. Thanks for sharing this great show. Angelique Kidjo is a treasure.

    By JG on Sep 25, 2019

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