Oyaya! - Angelique Kidjo

Sony

Sequels are so passé. Since Peter Jackson packed home a wheelbarrow full of Oscars, the new buzz in artistic megaprojects is 'the trilogy'. What if someone came up with an album trilogy you ask? Too late! Angelique Kidjo's all over that plan. As a matter of fact, April 27th she will release her own 'Return Of The King', called Oyaya!, the final chapter in a musical trilogy that began with the album Oremi. That disc traced African roots to wherever the Diaspora took them, giving us, among other great songs, her brilliant version of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child. Black Ivory Soul, the second of three albums focused on the African influence in Brazil's rich musical culture. Oyaya! drifts north into the Caribbean for the final leg, docking in Cuba, Haiti and New Orleans. While Cuban music exposure in North America nears the saturation point, Angelique still manages to find a completely fresh approach to salsa and son from that island nation.She even gives a new twist to Puerto Rican bomba on the opener, Seyin Djro . Other tracks percolate through gorgeous blend of ska, merengue and calypso, produced to perfection by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin.