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Angélique Kidjo

Female
Born Jul 14, 1960
Age 55
Hometown Ouidah
Genres Gospel music + Wo...
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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  • Genevieve Nnaji And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Make Arise 100, Dynamic Women List
    Information Nigeria - Mar 28, 2015
  • Angelique Kidjo Talks About International Women's Day
    CNN - Mar 08, 2015
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    Angélique Kidjo Celebrates Women And Human Rights With "Eve"
    Huffington Post - Feb 03, 2014
  • Angélique Kidjo Shouts Out Africa's Women With Funk And Fire
    NPR - Jan 29, 2014

Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1960 Birth Born on July 14, 1960.

TWENTIES

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
1987 26 Years Old Kidjo married French musician and producer Jean Hébrail in 1987. … Read More

THIRTIES

1991 30 Years Old She was then discovered in Paris by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who signed her in 1991. … Read More
1992 31 Years Old Music videos for the singles "We We" and "Batonga" were released and Kidjo made her first world tour, appearing at many festivals and headlining the Olympia Hall in Paris on October 31, 1992. … Read More
1995 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Kidjo and Jean Hebrail traveled all over Benin in 1995 to record the traditional rhythms that would form the base for the Fifa album. … Read More
1998 37 Years Old In 1998, she started a trilogy of albums (Oremi, Black Ivory Soul and Oyaya) exploring the African roots of the music of the Americas. … Read More

FORTIES

2002 - 2004 5 More Events
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.

FIFTIES

On February 15, 2010, Kidjo performed in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics Games at the Place De La Francophonie.
Kidjo was one of the performers at the BET Honours Awards in February 2011
On February 17, 2012, Kidjo performed for the opening of the Carnival of Recife, Brazil with Nana Vasconcelos and Maestro Forro
On March 8, 2013, International Women's day, Kidjo performed along with Fatoumata Diawara at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the Women Of The World Festival organized by the SouthBank Centre.
On January 28, 2014, Kidjo released a new album, EVE, dedicated to the women of Africa, to their resilience and their beauty “Eve is an album of remembrance of African women I grew up with and a testament to the pride and strength that hide behind the smile that masks everyday troubles,” says Kidjo. … Read More
2015 55 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 31, 2015, Angelique released her collaboration with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. … Read More
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