OK I know there’s a myriad of covers of this Gershwin classic, and I already have featured Deep Dive’s version of it on this collection, but this puts a West African twist on the same song, and is beautifully different with its acapella style. As for Angelique Kidjo herself, well, she’s played and toured with legends of pioneers of “World” music including Peter Gabriel and Philip Glass and has won Grammys for her inventive compositions. Even Bono has guested on one of her albums!! Maybe that’s why “Time” magazine described her as “Africa’s premier diva”. And who could doubt why when she climbs into this song? Pure gold.
Fluent in many languages she has a reputation for pushing the envelope of musical boundaries, mixing her African heritage with Brazilian and American styles. As if that’s not enough she’s a UNICEF ambassador and campaigns for OXFAM. Nowadays she’s also Harvard Uni’s Jazz Artist in Residence…
I hope you like this reworking as much as I do! Oh and happy Christmas 2018 coming up…I’ll be playing the best pop song about the festive season really soon – Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas.”!!
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”
Breathe It In – Ambient Jazz Ensemble
6 February 2019
I love it when a musical connection is made! I’ve been banging on about Zero 7 and then their offshoot, Fragile State, on this curation and then what happens? I come across someone new with a name that sounds like I should like them – Ambient Jazz Ensemble – and who’s central to them? None other than Neil Cowley…
Big Time – Hardage feat. Peter Gabriel
30 January 2019
I can barely believe that I’ve let this curation go so long without more than a passing reference to the legend that is Peter Gabriel – though Genesis feature here with “Cinema Show” from “Selling England By The Pound” which has him on lead vocals…
The Suns of Afterlife – Bliss
22 January 2019
In keeping with the “world” themes of this curation, Bliss hail from Denmark, though their collective owes as much to influences from Guinea and Sweden! They first appeared in the early 2000’s which really was the halcyon period for ambient chill stuff it seems – a golden age? …