Archive for February, 2014

Angélique Kidjo – Agolo

Normally I am not drawn to songs sung in other languages but this week’s pick is an exception.  Angélique Kidjo is one of the most famous female musicians in Africa.  She comes from Benin and can speak four languages and she also sings in the languages (Fon, French, Yorùbá and English).  Angélique is known as “Africa Greatest Living Diva” even though she now resides in the US.  The song of the week called Agolo is the first song that achieved international success and was released in 1994 and is sung in Fon.  Here are a few others as well that might also interest you:

Afika

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Move On (featuring Bono and John Legend)

She has many different sounds so check her out.

Sorry for not posting the last couple of weeks –  between sneaking in a ski vacation, work and the Olympics I did not have any time.

 

Pete Townshend – Best Of

I am having a hard time finding a good enough song this week for the song of the week.  There are lot’s of new releases, just nothing that really caught my ear.  So it is time to break open the archives and bring you some old songs that you may have missed.  When I was growing up people used to say there are two types of people, either you were a Beatles fan or a Rolling Stones fan.  While I like both bands I always preferred The Who.  After the Who disbanded Pete wrote three albums all of which I do not think got the critical acclaim and sales that they should have received.  Below I have listed the three albums and the songs on each that are worth a listen or download.  Some of the songs required more than one listen and will grow on you.  On another note I have seen news stories lately that indicate that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be joining forces to write a new “Who” album, apparently Townshend has written hundreds of songs…I am sure there will be a few gems in that pile of songs.

Empty Glass

All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

White City: A Novel

I read the biography of Pete Townshend “Who I Am” this summer and it was an enjoyable read…it is amazing that he is still alive!

 
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