Angélique Kidjo

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Angélique Kidjo

singer-songwriter, Vice President CISAC

Dubbed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine, Angélique Kidjo is a three-time Grammy Award-winning music performer with 14 albums to her name. She has been featured in the BBC’s list of Africa’s 50 most iconic figures, been listed as one of the top 100 most inspiring women in the world by The Guardian and was ranked number one on Forbes’ list of the most powerful celebrities in Africa. Kidjo’s music blends the West African traditions of her native Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.

This has led to collaborations with international artists including Bono, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys and Gilberto Gil. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and OXFAM and created her own charitable foundation named Batonga to support the education of young girls in Africa. She is one of CISAC’s (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) four Vice Presidents.

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