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This week's KCRW: Rhythm Planet features; Angelique Kidjo - Celia

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This week we check out a mix of new releases as well as evergreens that I've enjoyed over the years. We hear new music from Benin-born Angelique Kidjo with her tribute to Cuban superstar Celia Cruz. The West African nation of Benin, formerly Dahomey, produced many artists who were influenced by Cuban music, such as Gnonnas Pedro and Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Kijdo channels Cruz in this long-awaited tribute. I'd been looking forward to hearing this one. 

Widely known as "the Queen of Salsa," and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury, Angélique explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Celia Cruz and reimagines selections from Cruz's extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchins plus his band Sons of Kemet.   

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