Meet Angélique Kidjo – 4 Time Grammy Award Winner From Cotonou, Benin Republic

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Now four-time Grammy Award winner, Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name.

Time Magazine has called her “Africa’s premier diva”. The BBC has included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011

The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World.
Forbes Magazine has ranked Angélique as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa.

She is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award.

As a performer, her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. 

Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.

Her star-studded album DJIN DJIN won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Album in 2008, and her album OYO was nominated for the same award in 2011.

In January 2014 Angélique’s first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins) and her twelfth album, EVE (Savoy/429 Records), were released to critical acclaim.

EVE later went on to win the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2015, and her historic, orchestral album Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (Savoy/429 Records) won a Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2016.

Angelique has gone on to perform this genre-bending work with several international orchestras and symphonies including the Bruckner Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Philharmonie de Paris.

Her collaboration with Philip Glass, IFÉ: Three Yorùbá Songs, made its US debut to a sold out concert with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015.

In addition to performing this new orchestral concert, Angelique continues to tour globally performing the high-energy concert she’s become famous for with her four-piece band.

Her rousing live show was recently captured at the revered Austin City Limits and made its television debut in January 2016.

(biography: kidjo.com)

While congratulations are flooding in for her, it is also an exciting time for the African Giant.

One, to have been nominated for the Grammy Awards. Secondly, alongside a true African legend, Angélique Kidjo and thirdly, she dedicated the award to Burna boy during her acceptance speech and praised him for being one of the young African artistes changing the perception of Africa through their music.

As a newbie, competing against a 3-time winner who you also featured on the album you were nominated for, that alone spills a lot.

If only Burna boy had the foresight to predict the impact of his work on the continent and beyond, he wouldn’t have shot himself right in the foot. Now, is this a valuable lesson for Burna and other new and established acts? We’d find out in time.

One last thing, Angélique Kidjo also mentioned during her speech that African music is the bedrock of every other music.

Hmm.. Now that’s something to chew on for a long, long time! 

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