Beninese Born singer and women Activist, Angelique Kidjo might have one of the most impressive and diverse job histories on the planet, she disseminates her message through songs which hammers on pressing issues affecting the African woman.
Angelique kidjo addresses issues which are headlong problems to the African woman these are promoting the African culture,and education of the women. she does this through her music and this has been her drive from the onset.
Over a career spanning three decades, the Beninese songstress has so far released over a dozen studio and live albums in a myriad of different genres; performed countless sold-out concerts throughout the world; worked with UNICEF, Oxfam, and the African Union; co-founded her own charity for women’s education (The Batonga Foundation); and collaborated with seemingly everyone in the music industry from Philip Glass to Alicia Keys and Bono. Recently, the multiple-Grammy winner has also embarked on a successful acting career, and by the end of the year will also be hosting a current affairs program on TV5 Monde in France.she speaks and sings in four different languages,
Kidjo has won two Grammys for Best World Music Album and has premeired on so many shows where she showcased her music, to empower women.
Though she has been active in music since the 1980s, recent years have seen her greatest musical achievements; to outside ears, it seems as if she’s found the “sweet spot” for her rich and multi-textured voice. Her 2014 Grammy winning album EVE, dedicated to the women of Africa, demonstrates her humility and skill as a collaborator, even including a performance with her octogenarian mother, Yvonne. 2015’s Sings, recorded with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, is, for my money, her greatest artistic accomplishment to date: interweaving West African vocals and themes with the rich tapestry of European classical music. Any artist could attempt this type of ambitious cross-cultural collaboration, but few if any could pull it off with the skill and sensitivity of Angelique Kidjo.
Certainly Kidjo has been able to pass her message out, and also helped women take full charge of their environments through her genre of music.