Angélique Kidjo Reminds Us To Love And Cherish “Mother Nature” On New Album
Powerhouse songstress Angélique Kidjo is back with a powerful message of love for ourselves and for Earth on her new album, “Mother Nature”.
Speaking about the new album, Kidjo said it became apparent when she was pregnant. “It was obvious to ask myself the question: What kind of world are we going to leave to our children and beyond?” she tells Apple Music.
“And it became more and more relevant as I started seeing the proof of climate change —let me start writing a love letter to Mother Earth, Mother Nature. This album is also about having a conversation with the younger generation—the transmission of culture as our grandparents have done.”
“Mother Nature,” is a 13-track album with collaborations from African songwriters and producers: Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and Yemi Alade from Nigeria as well as the Zambian rapper and singer Sampa the Great, the Zimbabwean-American songwriter Shungudzo and Beninese singer Zeynab.
Kidjo told Apple Music she gave the collaborators freedom to be themselves, “You don’t invite somebody to have dinner with you to tell them, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t eat that now.’ You offer the food, and they do what they want to do with it,” she said.
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Kidjo said she has had the idea of the album for a very long time “I’ve had this album in me somehow since 1993,” she said.
She was able to put that idea to work during the pandemic lockdown, “I had the luxury of time to spread my wings and to do the music the way I wanted, without stressing.”
The album is a follow-up to her 2019 Grammy Award-winning album “Celia”.
The Beninese-American singer is a four-time Grammy Award winner. Kidjo is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award.
Angélique Kidjo has performed with several international orchestras and symphonies including the Bruckner Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Philharmonie de Paris.