Angelique Kidjo is a Beninese American singer-songwriter and activist. Angelique Kidjo was born in Cotonou, Benin in July 1960. She has been called “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine and has become known for her creative music videos. Kidjo has also been named one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by The Guardian and “The undisputed queen of Africa music” by The Daily Telegraph. Her debut album Pretty was released in 1981 and her 16th album Play na Play by Omawumi was released in 2016. Kidjo
|Real Name:||Angelique Kidjo|
|Birthday:||14 July, 1960|
|Place of Birth:||Cotonou, Benin|
|Occupation:||Singer, Song Writer|
|Net Worth:||$5 million (N1,937,518,635)|
Angelique Kidjo Early Life
Angelique Kidjo has won several awards including the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2016. She starred in the 2015 Nollywood movie The CEO and received the 2015 Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum of Davos in Switzerland. Kidjo has been associated with artists including Alicia Keys, Carlos Santa, and Ziggy Marley.
Angelique also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill Ambassador. At the G7 Summit in 2019, President Macron of France named Kidjo as the spokesperson for the AFAWA initiative (Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa) to help close the financing gap for women entrepreneurs in Africa. She has also created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa.
Angelique Kidjo Music Career
After exploring the roads of Africa’s diaspora through Brazil, Cuba and The United States — and offering a refreshing and electrifying take on the Talking Heads album Remain In Light (called “Transformative” by the New York Times, “Visionary” by NPR Music, “Stunning” by Rolling Stone, and “one of the year’s most vibrant albums” by the Washington Post), the French-Beninese singer is now reflecting on an icon of the Americas, celebrated salsa singer Celia Cruz. Kidjo’s album Celia (April 19 – Verve/Universal Music France) divests itself of the glamour to investigate the African roots of the Cuban-born woman who became the “Queen” of salsa. Celia was recorded in New York and Paris, produced by David Donatien and mixed by Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Kamasi Washington).
Over the course of 10 beloved songs from Cruz’s extensive catalog but with special focus on her work from the 1950s, Angelique’s voice soars in lockstep with a grand presentation of rhythmic touchstones that delve deep into the history of music from Africa and it’s influence on the music of Cuba. Each song celebrates this idea – from the tight afro-beat groove of “Baila Yemaja,” the high octane take on “Quimbara,” the frantic energy of “Bemba Colora” to “Oya Diosa,” a lushly orchestrated ballad.
Angélique’s interpretation of The Talking Heads’ classic 1980 album, Remain in Light, was recorded with superstar producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, Beyoncé), taking classic songs such as “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” and reinterpreting them with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals.
Angelique Kidjo International Collaborations
Her star-studded album DJIN DJIN won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Album in 2008, and her album OYO was nominated for the same award in 2011. In January 2014 Angélique’s first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins) and her twelfth album, EVE (Savoy/429 Records), were released to critical acclaim. EVE later went on to win the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2015, and her historic, orchestral album Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (Savoy/429 Records) won a Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2016.
Angelique has gone on to perform this genre-bending work with several international orchestras and symphonies including the Bruckner Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Philharmonie de Paris. Her collaboration with Philip Glass, IFÉ: Three Yorùbá Songs, made its US debut to a sold out concert with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015. In 2019, Angelique helped Philip Glass premiere his latest work, Symphony #12 “Lodger”, a symphonic re-imaging of the David Bowie album of the same name, at a sold out performance at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to performing this new orchestral concert, Angelique continues to tour globally performing the high-energy concert she’s become famous for with her four-piece band.
Angelique Kidjo Net Worth
Angelique Kidjo’s net worth is estimated at $5 million.