With Djin Djin (pronounced "gin gin"), Angelique Kidjo returns to the soul of Benin—and, for the first time, shares it with a cast of all-star guests, in a marriage of cultures that has significance far beyond music alone. Inspired by the traditions and culture of Benin, the title of the album refers to the sound of the bell that greets the beginning of a new day for Africa. The diversity represented by artsits such as Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Amadou and Mariam, Josh Groban, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone, Branford Marsalis, and the countless others who contribute to Djin Djin speaks to the lesson of this project: for all the differences in the music of our time, the river of Africa flows through it all. Standout tracks include Arouna and Kidjo's remake of Sade's Pearls which features Josh Groban and Carlos Santana. For this week only you can listen to Djin Djin in its entirety at AOL's full CD all listening party at music.aol.com/songs/new_releases_full_cds.
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