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Angelique Kidjo - Celia is a magnificent African reinvention of salsa / The Guardian

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Angélique Kidjo is on a roll. For years, she has been an entertaining, reliable fixture on the world-music scene, a powerful singer famed for mixing African material, including songs by her heroine Miriam Makeba, with old favourites by anyone from Bob Marley to Sam Cooke. But it's her most recent albums that have demonstrated the scope of her ambition. First came her original reinterpretation of Talking Heads' 1980 album Remain in Light, in which she advanced the African influences in their music. Now she applies the same technique to the songs of Celia Cruz, the queen of salsa. This is not just an album of covers but an inventive reinterpretation.    Photograph: Laurent Seroussi

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