Angélique Kidjo

Beninese musicians Angélique Kidjo

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.
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14 July 1960

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Angelique Kidjo Has Been Waiting A Long Time To Sing This Song
NPR - 7 months
Can one song that speaks out against child marriage make a difference? Says Kidjo: "Silence is what has allowed child marriage to continue." (Image credit: Al Pereira/WireImage)
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Review: Angélique Kidjo Takes ‘Remain in Light’ Back to Africa
NYTimes - 10 months
The 1980 Talking Heads album that embraced music from the African diaspora gets an update with new African grooves.
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Angélique Kidjo: When I realized I was black
CNN - about 1 year
Angélique Kidjo remembers the first time she realized her skin color affected how people treated her.
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Philip Glass Celebrates His Birthday with a World Premiere at Carnegie Hall
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Christopher Johnson, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 8, 2017 Well, folks, he did it: Philip Glass had his big birthday bash at Carnegie Hall on January 31, and he blew out all eighty candles. Not that there was actual cake--if they'd had a cake big enough to feed a house that size, packed with well-wishers, there wouldn't have been room onstage for the Bruckner Orchester Linz, at full strength and in fine fettle, nor for its chief conductor Dennis Russell Davies, never better and ready to party. Still, the program was the traditional three-layer affair, comprised of the New York premières of Glass's Days and Nights in Rocinha, his luscious tribute to Rio de Janeiro and its samba school, and Ifé: Three Yorùbá Songs, his collaboration with the great Beninese singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo, topped off with the world première of his Symphony No. 11. As icing on the cake, Davies and the Bruckner Orchestra delivered performances at once rich and tangy, befi...
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Philip Glass Discusses His Eleventh Symphony Before His 80th Birthday Celebration
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Christopher Johnson, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 6, 2017 On January 26th, Carnegie Hall announced the appointment of American contemporary composer Philip Glass to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair for the 2017-2018 season. And last week Glass celebrated his eightieth birthday with the world première of his Eleventh Symphony at the hall on January 31. Just before this momentous occasion, Mr. Glass spoke with me about the Eleventh, about its première, and about his long, fruitful and happy relationship with Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. ZEALnyc: Are there things that you particularly want people to know about the new symphony? PG: I think it should be interesting that this relationship with the orchestra has gone on for a long time. Dennis Davies has been the conductor there for fifteen years, and I've done a number of symphonies with them. I've developed a relationship with an orchestra that any composer would envy, and tha...
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Philip Glass Celebrates 80 with a World Premiere at Carnegie Hall
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Christopher Johnson, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 25, 2017 He's been our go-to "ascendant modernist" for so long that it's easy to forget that Philip Glass ages just like the rest of us, and thus it may come as a shock to learn that he celebrates his eightieth birthday on January 31. As if to strain credulity even further, Glass will mark the occasion with a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring two premières--the world première of his Symphony No. 11 and the New York première of Ifé: Three Yorùbá Songs, his collaboration with the great Beninese singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo--along with Days and Nights in Rocinha, his luscious tribute to Rio de Janeiro and its samba school, all of it dished up by his longtime collaborators Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. Glass may not be quite as prolific as Haydn, but give him time--as of this writing, he's still only seventy-nine. The concert anchors a year of notable performances and events enc...
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Janelle Monáe, Maxwell Among Performers At Women's March On Washington
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Watch Angélique Kidjo Perform 'Shango Wa' Live For KCRW
NPR - about 1 year
The internationally celebrated musical force brings her tireless energy to KCRW's studio. (Image credit: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW)
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Kidjo says 'Africa on rise' in latest Grammy win
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Angelique Kidjo, one of Africa's most prominent musicians, won her third Grammy on Monday and dedicated it to aspiring artists on the continent. The Beninese-born singer won the Grammy for Best World Music Album for "Sings," a collection of her songs infused with Western classical traditions in a collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. "I want to dedicate this Grammy to all the traditional musicians in Africa, in my country, to all the young generation," Kidjo said.
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Malawi Prisoners Score Country's First Grammy Nomination
Huffington Post - about 2 years
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The gentle chorus of maximum security prisoners sung over simple guitar chords has earned Malawians their first Grammy nomination, but it took nearly 10 days for them to find out. "I Have No Everything Here" is a 20-track collection of sometimes melancholic songs performed by the inmates of Malawi's overcrowded Zomba prison, documenting life on both sides of the crumbling red brick walls. The track "Listen to Me" is a warning to young women to stay out of trouble. Other tracks include "Prison of Sinners," ''Last Wishes" and the more upbeat "When They See Me Dance." Eighteen of the 20 tracks are sung in the Chichewa language. The Zomba Prison Project has been nominated for best world music album, on the heels of previous winners and now fellow nominees such as South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo. Grammy recognition will not lead to a world-touring career for the Zomba Prison Project, though. Many performers are ser...
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Malawi Prisoners Score Country's First Grammy Nomination
Huffington Post - about 2 years
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The gentle chorus of maximum security prisoners sung over simple guitar chords has earned Malawians their first Grammy nomination, but it took nearly 10 days for them to find out. "I Have No Everything Here" is a 20-track collection of sometimes melancholic songs performed by the inmates of Malawi's overcrowded Zomba prison, documenting life on both sides of the crumbling red brick walls. The track "Listen to Me" is a warning to young women to stay out of trouble. Other tracks include "Prison of Sinners," ''Last Wishes" and the more upbeat "When They See Me Dance." Eighteen of the 20 tracks are sung in the Chichewa language. The Zomba Prison Project has been nominated for best world music album, on the heels of previous winners and now fellow nominees such as South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo. Grammy recognition will not lead to a world-touring career for the Zomba Prison Project, though. Many performers are ser...
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    On July 10th 2016, Kidjo created the premiere of her "African Women All-Stars" concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival with special guests Aṣa, Dobet Gnaore, Lura and the Trio Teriba from Benin.
  • 2015
    Age 54
    October 3, 2015 saw the French sold out premiere of IFÉ, Three Yoruba songs, Kidjo's collaboration with Philip Glass at the new prestigious Philharmonie De Paris with the Orchestre Lamoureux conducted by Gast Waltzing.
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    On July 10, 2015, Kidjo sang with the San Francisco Symphony at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.
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  • 2014
    Age 53
    On November 5, 2014, Kidjo presented her "Mama Africa" tribute concert to Miriam Makeba at Carnegie Hall.
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    On May 29, 2014, Kidjo sang with Brazilian singer Lenine and Portuguese guitar player Rui Veloso for the opening concert of The Rolling Stones at Rock In Rio Lisboa.
    On May 14, 2014, Kidjo sang at the famous Brazilian music award show "Prêmio da Música Brasileira" at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro.
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 52
    On September 13, 2013, Kidjo sang at the legendary Rock in Rio Festival with the rock band Living Color.
    On June 6, 2013, Kidjo was elected vice-president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC).
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    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.
  • 2012
    Age 51
    On December 6, 2012, Kidjo joined the Alicia Keys's Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in Harlem at the Apollo Theatre along with Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt and Brittany Howard.
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    On October 9, 2012, Kidjo sang for the One World Concert in Syracuse, NY, honoring the Dalai Lama.
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    On July 21, 2012, Kidjo performed with Baaba Maal, Hugh Masekela and King Sunny Ade on the African stage of the BT River of Music Festival organized for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
    Kidjo sang "Blewu", "Redemption Song" and "Toast to Freedom" at the "Electric Burma" concert in Dublin on June 18, 2012, honoring Aung San Suu Kyi.
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    On April 30, 2012, Kidjo was part of the International Jazz Day organized by UNESCO at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City, with Herbie Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett, Shaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela and many others.
    On February 28, 2012, Kidjo created, together with the Italian Mission, a special concert called "Raise your Voice to End Female Genital Mutilation" at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City.
    On February 17, 2012, Kidjo performed for the opening of the Carnival of Recife, Brazil with Nana Vasconcelos and Maestro Forro
  • 2011
    Age 50
    She hosted the "Africa Celebrates Democracy Concert" organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in Tunis on November 11, 2011, and sang at the Award Ceremony on November 12, 2011, also in Dakar on November 10, 2012, Addis Ababa in November 2013 and Accra in November 2015.
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    On December 10, 2011, Kidjo sang "Malaika" in Oslo at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman.
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    On October 27, 2011, Kidjo performed at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar, following the screening of Mama Africa, a documentary about Miriam Makeba's life.
    On October 1, 2011, she created a special concert based on Beninese traditional songs with guest guitarist Lionel Loueke for the "Heroic Africans" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
    On June 8, 2011, Kidjo performed her most famous songs with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Philharmonie Luxembourg Hall.
    Kidjo was one of the performers at the BET Honours Awards in February 2011
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 49
    From December 10 until December 19, 2010, Kidjo participated to the Fesman 2010, the World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar, Senegal.
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    On November 11, 2010, Kidjo presented her "Sound Of The Drum" show at Carnegie Hall.
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    On August 30, 2010, Kidjo sang at the 30th Anniversary celebration of Solidarnosc in the Polish city of Gdańsk produced by Bob Wilson and Hal Willner featuring Philip Glass, Marianne Faithfull, Rufus Wainwright and Macy Gray.
    On June 17, 2010, she performed at Les FrancoFolies de Montréal - the Montreal Francofolies festival of French-language music.
    On June 10, 2010, she was part of the Official Kick-Off Celebration Concert of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, along with John Legend, Hugh Masekela, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Juanes and Black Eyed Peas.
    On February 28, 2010, she performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic concert hall designed by Frank Gehry.
    On February 15, 2010, Kidjo performed in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics Games at the Place De La Francophonie.
  • 2009
    Age 48
    On December 7, 2009, on the opening day of the UN Copenhagen Climate Change summit, Kidjo sang, along with Anggun, Shaggy, Youssou N'Dour and Cheb Khaled, at the Dance 4 Climate Change concert.
    On December 4, 2009, in Cape Town, South Africa, she performed her song "Agolo" at the Final Draw of the Fifa World Cup 2010.
    On October 23, 2009, she sang at the United Nations General Assembly for the UN Day Concert, A Tribute to Peacekeeping with Nile Rodgers, John McLaughlin and Lang Lang.
    Kidjo curated another version of the same show at the Barbican in London on November 21, 2009, with Baaba Maal replacing Rokia Traoré.
    On September 25, 26 and 27, 2009, the Festival D'Ile De France in Paris asked Kidjo to curate a tribute to her idol Miriam Makeba at the Cirque d'hiver.
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    On August 28, 29 and 30, 2009, she participated to the Back2Black Festival devoted to African culture in Rio de Janeiro along with Gilberto Gil, Youssou N'Dour and Omara Portuondo.
    In July 2009 she sang a duet with Alicia Keys at Radio City Hall in New York for the 46664 concert for Nelson Mandela's Foundation.
    In Europe in July 2009, together with Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright and Simone, Kidjo was part of a touring tribute to Nina Simone called "Sing The Truth".
    SNV with expertise on the ground and EVF convincing politicians to do more on sustainable development.” In July 2009, Kidjo became a member of the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation International Advisory Board.
    Also in April 2009, Kidjo performed at Africa Day in The Hague, Netherlands, showing her commitment to poverty reduction and supporting the work of the Evert Vermeer Foundation and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.
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    Kidjo appeared in the theatrical performance of Storie fantastiche dal delta del Niger by Raffaele Curi for the Alda Fendi Experimenti Foundation in Rome in April 2009.
    Kidjo made her Sydney Opera House debut in Australia on April 12, 2009.
    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.
  • 2008
    Age 47
    Her Royal Albert Hall debut in London was on November 26, 2008, along with Hugh Masekela for the "African Stars" concert benefitting VSO.
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    She made her Carnegie Hall debut in New York on November 1, 2008.
    Kidjo performed at the 75th Birthday Celebration of Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2008.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    On July 7, 2007, Kidjo performed at the South African leg of Live Earth.
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    In 2007, she toured North America extensively with Josh Groban's "Awake" show.
    In 2007, she covered John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" for the CD Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
  • 2005
    Age 44
    In June 2005, she was part of the Live 8 concert, Eden Project hosted by Angelina Jolie in Cornwall, UK.
    In March 2005, she appeared at the Africa Live concert in Dakar along with many great African stars in front of 50,000 people.
    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.
  • 2004
    Age 43
    In May 2004, she performed at the Quincy Jones-produced concert in Rome called "We Are The Future" in front of 400,000 people.
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  • 2003
    Age 42
    In November 2003, she sang with Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'Dour at the Cape Town 46664 concert for Nelson Mandela's Foundation.
    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.
  • 2002
    Age 41
    In 2002, she performed in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert honoring President Jimmy Carter.
    In 2002, Kidjo traveled to Salvador de Bahia to start recording the Axe percussion grooves for this album, based on Afro-Brazilian culture.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 37
    In 1998, she started a trilogy of albums (Oremi, Black Ivory Soul and Oyaya) exploring the African roots of the music of the Americas.
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  • 1995
    Age 34
    Kidjo's Grammy nominations include the Best Music Video of 1995 and Best World Music Album for works completed in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015.
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    Kidjo and Jean Hebrail traveled all over Benin in 1995 to record the traditional rhythms that would form the base for the Fifa album.
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  • 1992
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 30
    She was then discovered in Paris by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who signed her in 1991.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 26
    Kidjo married French musician and producer Jean Hébrail in 1987.
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  • 1985
    Age 24
    In 1985, she became the frontsinger of the known Euro-African jazz/rock band Jasper van't Hof's Pili Pili.
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  • 1983
    Age 22
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on July 14, 1960.
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