Angelique Kidjo
(Benin)

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Biography
Angélique Kidjo is one of the biggest names in African music since the beginning of the 1990s. Born into a very musical family, she began to sing with her brothers in the Kidjo Brothers Band. By 1985, she went to Paris to pursue her career, first as a backing vocalist, and from 1984, she was the lead singer of Dutch afro-jazz group Pili Pili.

Today, she hardly needs an introduction anymore... With her own band since 1988, she recorded the album « Parakou », which was already a huge success. In 1998, she moved to New York with her husband and daughter. The next three albums, « Oremi » (1998), « Black Ivory Soul » (2002) and « Oyaya ! » (2004) form a trilogy, exploring the African roots in, respectively, North American, Brazilian and Caribbean music.

In 2007, Angelique returns with an album that partly goes back to here Beninese roots, but also seeks for cross-over with various international styles, and the album features a large number of guests such as Josh Groban, Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Peter Gabriel, Amadou and Mariam, Ziggy Marley, and Branford Marsalis. She won a Grammy Award in 2008 for this album « Djin Djin » in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category. Her 2010 album « Oyo » was nominated in the same category. She received a Grammy for Best World Album 2014 and 2015!



Angélique Kidjo
  Angélique Kidjo 


Born: in Ouidah, Bénin, July 14, 1960, as Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsina Kango Manta Zogbin
Style: Afro-funk




Discography
Title Year Label Remarks
Sings 2015 429 Records With the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Eve 2014 429 Records
Spirit Rising - Live from Guest Street 2012 Razor & Tie
Oyo 2010 Razor & Tie Records/Naïve
Djin Djin 2007 Razor & Tie Records (USA) / Odeon Records (EMI, Europe)
20th Century Masters - The Best of Angelique Kidjo 2005 Universal Music The Millennium Collection
Oyaya ! 2004 Sony Music/Columbia
Black Ivory Soul 2002 Sony Music
Keep on Moving (Best of...) 2001 Wrasse Records WRASS 030 Compilation album
Oremi 1998 Island CID8070 / 524 521-2
Fifa 1996 Mango 162 531 039-2
Ayé 1994 Mango 518 432-2
Logozo 1991 Mango CIDM 1091
Parakou 1989 Island Records 74321 20790-2 F: Island Records 848 219-2
Pretty 1980 LP Produced by Ekambi Brilliant

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