In M’Baamba, Angélique Kidjo brings her voice together with an energetic chorus of women she met in northern Kenya. The women of Merti sang her a welcome to their village in Samburu district, where she was visiting health centres for UNICEF. Angélique was so touched by their singing, she recorded them on the spot. The result is M’Baamba, a song that celebrates children, and calls mothers to cherish their children and vaccinate them. This version of the song is remixed by South African DJ Naaldekoker, who infuses the women’s beautiful voices with minimal kicks, 90’s rave bleeps and washed out synths, together with new lyrics Angélique composed especially for the project.
I am calling all the mothers: “Please come out and join me” I am calling all the mothers: “Please cherish your child”
I am calling all the mothers: “Their health is their wealth” I am calling all the mothers: “Vaccination will keep all the ills at bay”
Angélique Kidjo with the women of Merti singing a traditional Kenyan song, remixed by DJ Naaldekoker The publisher is Ayeile Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
“I'm my lifetime, I've seen the impact of vaccines in my native Benin, across Africa and the world. There is now much less death, less disability, and less suffering. Let us reach every child with vaccines in this decade!”
Benin-born Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and activist. Angélique blends West African rhythms with a range of other musical traditions, and sings in French, English, Yoruba and Fon. She has released 11 albums, including the most recent Eve, dedicated to the women of Africa. Angélique has been honored as an inspirational and influential performer and activist, with a long tradition of championing children’s and women’s rights to education and health. Angélique has been an active UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002.
Read more about Angélique Kidjo.
Naaldekoker is a South African DJ and producer.
Photo Credit: Alexei Hay