The Grammy Award-winning Angélique Kidjo, was born on 14 July 1960 in Ouidah, a small harbor town on the coast of Benin. Following in the footsteps of internationally famous artists such as Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour and Mory Kanté, she is the latest star to have emerged from the hotbed of musical talent in Africa.
(Mama Afrika by Angélique Kidjo at Nelson Mandela's Birthday Concert)
Bono of the Irish rock band U2 has described Kidjo as "the galvanizing voice of sub-Saharan Africa" and considers her the "vanguard of the crusade for Darfur"
(Angelique Kidjo Agolo)
Her musical influences include Afropop, Caribbean zouk, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel, and Latin styles; as well as her childhood idols Bella Bellow, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Miriam Makeba and Carlos Santana.
In the course of her successful career Angélique Kidjo has spread her rhythmic Afro-funk fusion to the four corners of the globe and become almost as famous as her childhood idols. With her fun-loving personality, her on-stage charisma and her totally unique voice, Ms. Kidjo is certainly one of the most popular artists on the current world scene.