Spotlight – Angélique Kidjo

Meet Angélique Kidjo, a Benin born Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and activist. This internationally acclaimed entertainer is known for her creative music videos, and diverse musical influences ranging from Afropop, Caribbean zouk, Latin, Jazz, to Gospel. She is fluent in Fon (belongs to the Niger-Congo languages), French, Yoruba, and English, and sings in all four.

Angélique moved to Paris in 1983 to pursue music. She worked in various day jobs to pay her tuition for CIM, the Jazz school she was attending while living in Paris. By the 1980’s, she was known as the most popular live performers in Paris; now ten albums later, all her hard work has truly paid off.

Her latest album, “Õÿö”, pays tribute to the music she listened to while living in her home country of Benin. Õÿö is nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album for the 53rd Grammy Awards.

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