angelique kidjo and uwem akpan


I am a diehard fan of Angelique Kidjo. She has a new album, Oyo, out in stores now. As usual, it looks chock full of duets with other famous artists. Frankly, I can do without all of these. Angelique's voice, her style are infectious enough without being watered down and strained through someone else's interpretation.

This might be very old news for some, but back in October 2009, Kidjo wrote a song inspired by Uwem Akpan's Say You're One of Them. I've already said all I need to say about the book, so I won't say anymore here.

The Yoruba song, "Agbalagba," is loosely translated as:

Children are the guardians of the future
I beg them not to forget their roots
Whatever wealth and riches you will earn
Please celebrate the memory of your ancestors
Every morning is a new day
So many challenges that you will face
Wherever you will live, even far from your home
Never forget the land of your ancestors

Listen to the song here.

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