Angélique Kidjo

Singer + Songwriter + Musician
Born Jul 14, 1960
Age 54
Hometown Ouidah
Genres Jazz + Latin Amer...
Record Label PolyGram

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, commonly known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Grammy Award–winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva". The BBC has included Angélique Kidjo in its list of the African continent's 50 most iconic figures.… Read More

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1960 Birth Born on July 14, 1960.


1983 22 Years Old Continuing political conflicts in Benin prevented her from being an independent artist in her own country and led her to relocate to Paris in 1983. … Read More
1985 24 Years Old In 1985, she became the frontsinger of the known Euro-African jazz/rock band Jasper van't Hof's Pili Pili. … Read More


1991 - 1992 2 More Events
1995 34 Years Old Grammy nominations include the Best Music Video of 1995 and Best World Music Album in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2007, for which she won. … Read More
1996 35 Years Old In 1996 Angélique Kidjo performed in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert honoring Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta for their work in East Timor.
1998 37 Years Old IN 1998, she was part of the Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour.


2002 41 Years Old In 2002 she performed in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert honoring President Jimmy Carter.
2003 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2003, she performed a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City alongside Chicago blues guitar legend Buddy Guy and New York rock guitarist Vernon Reid (of Living Colour) in what would become part of Lightning In A Bottle: One Night In The History Of The Blues, a documentary about blues music that features live concert footage of other rock, rap, and blues greats.
2004 43 Years Old In May 2004, she performed at the Quincy Jones-produced concert in Rome called "We Are The Future" in front of 400,000 people. … Read More
In 2005, Kidjo appeared at the Africa Unite Live concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a concert to celebrate Hon Bob Marley's 60th birthday, and was a featured speaker at the conference of African Unity held along with the concert.
In 2007, she covered John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" for the CD Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
Kidjo performed at the 75th Birthday Celebration of Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2008.
Along with Joan Baez, Michael Franti and Jackson Browne, she performed at Peace Ball for Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009.


On February 28, 2010, she performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic concert hall designed by Frank Gehry.
She was one of the performers at the BET Honours Awards in February 2011
…  The Daily Telegraph in London describes her as "The undisputed queen of African music" during the 2012 Olympic Games River Of Music Festival … Read More
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