Angélique Kidjo

Beninese Musicians
Born Jul 14, 1960

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


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


2002 - 2005 8 More Events
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 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 May 22, 2014, Kidjo met with First lady Michelle Obama to discuss international girls' education, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. … Read More
2015 55 Years Old 1 More Event
On July 10, 2015, Kidjo sang with the San Francisco Symphony at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. … Read More
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