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Angelique Kidjo Dedicates Grammy to Women of Africa

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Angelique Kidjo, one of the biggest African musicians on the world stage, on Sunday won her second Grammy for World Music album for “Eve,” a tribute to the continent’s women. “This album is dedicated to the women of Africa — to their beauty and resilience,” the Beninese singer said. “Women of […]

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Angélique Kidjo with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, review: ‘a remarkable collaboration’

The combination of the queen of African music with a classical orchestra was exhilarating Glasgow’s huge international folk roots festival Celtic Connections has played host to some remarkable collaborations over the years. But few can have been quite as memorable as this exceptional concert bringing together the extraordinary Beninese diva Angélique Kidjo, Luxembourgian composer Gast […]

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2014 All Africa Music Awards: Davido, Mafikizolo Leads Nominee List

Davido will be flying Nigeria’s flag high at the 2014 All Africa Music Awards after leading the nominee list with 6 nods. South African duo Mafikizolo also managed to grab 6 nominations. P-Square, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Burna Boy, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Temi Dollface, Del B all also managed to grab nominations. Voting on the […]

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Singer Angélique Kidjo: The Women of Africa Are Paying the Price of Climate Change

As up to 400,000 filled the streets, Democracy Now! did an exclusive three-hour global broadcast from the heart of the People’s Climate March in New York City. We air highlights of the special, beginning with the Grammy Award–winning Béninoise musician and activist Angélique Kidjo. TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in […]

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Angélique Kidjo Shouts Out Africa’s Women With Funk And Fire|@angeliquekidjo

Angélique Kidjo – All Things Considered Angélique Kidjo started singing as a young girl in her native Benin, in West Africa. She moved on to Paris and Brooklyn — her current home — and, along the way, became one of the most acclaimed African singers alive. Kidjo named her 10th album Eve, for her mother […]

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The New Mama Africa Sings

Angélique Kidjo’s new album, “Eve” (429 Records), out Jan. 28 but available now for sampling online, is dedicated to “the women of Africa for their resilience and their beauty,” according to its liner notes. As a Unicef goodwill ambassador, the Benin-born Ms. Kidjo has toured that continent and met with women there who are struggling […]

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African artists find revolution on the internet

As the internet opens up Africa, Kenyan collective Just a Band uses its new-found freedom of expression to reach a global audience. Nairobi: They built their reputation with wild music videos featuring a flying animated turtle and a campy urban hero often considered Kenya’s first internet sensation. But when it came time to choose the subject for their video of […]

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The Bassline announces partnership with Content Connect Africa

In a partnership that is a game-changer for the African music industry, The Bassline music venue and content aggregator Content Connect Africa (CCA) have announced a partnership that will bridge the gap between live performance and the digital space. With The Bassline set to become an aggregator of African music content, a whole new world […]

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Angélique Kidjo to Release ‘Eve’ Album in January: Exclusive Song Premiere

The Grammy winning African artist has a busy 2014 lined up; Listen to “Eva,” featuring Asa, off her upcoming album. For Angélique Kidjo, “Eve” represents a fresh start. The world music icon has struck a new recording deal with 429 Records, from which a new album, “Eve,” will be the first fruit arriving Jan. 28. […]

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African Music Event Helps MIF Celebrate 30 Years

The Mobile International Festival will mark their 30th anniversary with “Roots…The Journey” this fall, but the celebration begins on June 15 with “An Afternoon of African Music” at the Mobile Museum of Art. The free program showcases the 30-member Wake Up Choir of Light Missions Pentecostal Church in Eight Mile. The choir is comprised of […]

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Grammy Award Winning African Songstress Angelique Kidjo Returns To Miami

MIAMI — Hot on the heels of her PBS special (which featured the dancers from FELA! onstage with the artist) and her new album release, the internationally acclaimed recording artist Angelique Kidjo returns for one performance only on Friday, May 31 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets […]

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African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award

Angelique Kidjo, one of Africa’s biggest singing stars, was named best artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards for her “Spirit Rising” album African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes. French veterans Lo’jo, […]

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