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Angélique Kidjo, standing up for women
African music

Angélique Kidjo, standing up for women

Angélique Kidjo is one of the world’s great voices. The artist with Beninese roots has rubbed shoulders with some of the greats, like Aretha Franklin, Desmond Tutu, Alicia Key, and Obama at his inauguration as President. Her travels for UNICEF, supporting women, inspired her new album, Eve, recorded in Africa and New York with a bunch of unknowns and an eclectic guest list: Asa, Dr.
Mamani Keita on acoustic tracks
Malian music

Mamani Keita on acoustic tracks

Up until now, Mamani Keita’s studio work had always involved an ...
Haitian compas from the days of vinyl
Haitian music

Haitian compas from the days of vinyl

Re-releasing old tunes has been all the rage over the last few years, but the ...

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Happy Song for Empty People
Le Prince Miiaou

Happy Song for Empty People

For her first album since Fill the Blank with your Emptiness in 2011, the French singer-songwriter Le Prince Miiaou went to New York for inspiration, then retreated to Charente, an isolated and quiet part of France, to do the actual writing. The result is Where is the Queen?, due for release on the 27th of January, 2014. Here she offers us Happy Song for Empty People, from the upcoming album.

 

Un Garçon qui pleure
Marie-France / Chryssie Hynde

Un Garçon qui pleure

Marie-France and Chryssie Hynde form an unlikely combination on this duet, which announces a new album from the icon of Parisian 70s nightlife. Belgian group Phantom got back together to provide the music, with lyrics by Jacques Duvall.

Wild Boys
Jef Barbara

Wild Boys

Montrealer Jef Barbara is sure to create a stir on the pop scene when his album “Contamination” comes out on 5 March. Looking like a cross between George Michael and Andy Warhol, he says his androgynous image takes inspiration from Prince, Boy George and Grace Jones.

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Piaf

Edith Piaf, 50 years on

11 October will mark 50 years since the death of French chanson legend, Edith Piaf. A number of events will be celebrating the anniversary, especially in Paris. A 5-CD boxed set featuring 100 of the diva’s songs has just been released on the Parlophone label.

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