It’s Angélique Kidjo’s Birthday!
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist of Nigerian descent who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier
Kidjo is probably Africa’s most widely respected international vocalist, and one of its hungriest synthesizers of culture and ideas. (She’s also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.) Her most recent LP, a tribute to Celia Cruz, won the Grammy for best world music album. It explores the close ties between Cuba and West Africa, throwing in contemporary influences that come from neither place; the young British jazz band Sons of Kemet backs her up on some tracks. Before that, “Remain in Light,” from 2018, celebrated the art rock of Talking Heads — while sending a subtle message about where a lot of that music had come from in the first place.