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Angélique Kidjo

West African singer and songwriter

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Created: 7th Feb 2008
Modified: 7th Feb 2008
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Born in Benin, Kidjo began her singing career at the age of six. She moved to Paris because of the unstable political situation in Benin. While in Paris, she studied jazz and also attended law school.

Kidjo has earned huge respect as a songwriter and performer. Her music is steeped in the tribal and pop rhythms of her West African heritage, but she has also crossed musical and national boundaries by blending a variety of styles, including funk, salsa, jazz, rumba, souk and makossa. She has made seven albums, the latest being Black Ivory Soul, which focuses on the Brazilian connection with West Africa.

UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy appointed Kidjo as a Goodwill Ambassador on 25 July 2002. “Ms. Kidjo’s global popularity and personal commitment to children will make a big difference for UNICEF and for children everywhere,” Bellamy said.


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Angélique Kidjo
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Place of Origin: Benin

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