Originally titled I Don’t Want To Be Alone Mina Agossi’s latest album now renamed UrbAfrika appears a couple of months later than expected initially with 14 April all confirmed for release.
Always hoping for the perfect Agossi album I have always felt with Agossi that she has a lot of great ideas and spirit and of course a cracking voice and yet so far the albums do not quite represent the full picture and all that potential.
Yet her engaging mix of Afrojazz, chanson, pop and even a maverick punkish sensibility thrown into the mix is unique on the international jazz scene. Certainly there has always been an unorthodox quality to Agossi and that makes her distinctive and she is a lively performer always watchable, if you like as unorthodox as the very different Neneh Cherry, but sharing her extrovert never take life too seriously vision.
Fresh a couple of years back was better than the earlier Red Eyes but for me Just Like a Lady was Agossi’s best work to date. Let’s see how the new one stacks up in due course.
Ex-Joe Zawinul percusionist Paco Séry joins the singer on this latest album, a tribute to Benin. Mina says: “The wonderful exchanges I’ve had with Benin made me decide to make this tribute to this beautiful country. You will hear the inter-continental and urban spirits using traditional rhythms from Benin as well as my own way of singing these brand new songs that I wrote during 2016.”
Album teaser, above, and audio clips from the album via Amazon here