Angélique Kidjo

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Angélique Kidjo
Background information
Birth name Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo[1][2][3]
Born July 14, 1960 (1960-07-14) (age 57)
Ouidah, Benin
Genres Afropop, Afrobeat, reggae, world music, world fusion, worldbeat, jazz, gospel, Latin
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1982–present
Labels Island, Mango, PolyGram, Columbia, Razor & Tie
Website www.kidjo.com

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo,[1][2][3] commonly known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist. She is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

Time Magazine called her "Africa's premier diva".[4] The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World.[5] She was the first woman to be listed on "The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa" by Forbes Magazine.[6]

Discography[change | change source]

  • Pretty (1988) (African release only)
  • Parakou (1990)
  • Logozo (1991)
  • Ayé (1994)
  • Fifa (1996)
  • Oremi (1998)
  • Keep On Moving: The Best Of Angelique Kidjo (2001)
  • Black Ivory Soul (2002)
  • Oyaya! (2004)
  • Djin Djin (2007)
  • Õÿö (2010)
  • Spirit Rising (Live) (2012)

Awards[change | change source]

  • Danish Music Awards: Best Female Singer (Denmark, 1995)
  • Kora Music Awards: Best African Female artist (Africa, 1997)
  • Mobo Awards for Best World Music Act (UK, 2002)
  • Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album (USA, 2008)
  • Commander of the National Order of Benin (Benin, 2008)
  • Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album (USA, 2011)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://allafrica.com/stories/200905110467.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Africa | Time for Peace". Africatimeforpeace.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Albums by Angélique Kidjo". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. Perry, Alex (May 23, 2007). "Redemption Song". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1624366,00.html.
  5. Khaleeli, Homa (March 8, 2011). "Angélique Kidjo". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/mar/08/angelique-kidjo-100-women.
  6. Mfonobong Nsehe, Forbes.