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Angélique Kidjo

voc, *1960 US, Cotonou
Singer / Songwriter of World
A.k.a. Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo grew up in Ouidah, Benin, a country in West Africa that sits snugly between Togo and Nigeria. She was born into a musical family, her mother is a choreographer and director of a theater group, her brothers are instrumentalists and at the age of six she was singing and dancing in her mother's company and later joined her brothers' group, the Kidjo Brothers Band, where she sang a variety of Benin-style songs. Growing up in Benin exposed her to a rich variety of music. She was heavily influenced by the traditional folk styles and love songs of the country - epic songs full of allusions to the history of the villages and the rituals and voodoo ceremonies of the older generation but, perhaps more importantly, she was listening to the new urban African music percolating up from South Africa and the Western songs ranging from James Brown, Aretha Franklin to Jimi Hendrix that she heard on the radio. The formidable South African vocalist Miriam Makeba was a great influence on the young Kidjo, so much so that Angelique, who was already making a name for herself, recorded an adaptation of a Makeba song for Benin radio. Her first hits followed and she toured the Ivory Coast. It wasn't until Kidjo made the trip to Europe that her career came alive. It was Cameroonian producer, Ekambi Brilliant, who suggested that Angelique move to Paris to record and the singer left Benin for Europe. Paris in the eighties was the breeding ground for the new African music and African artists, freed from the constraints of African tradition yet incorporating their roots with western styles were generating revolutionary sounds. Delicately plucked guitars were mixing with rock drums and lyrics were tackling more worldly issues. Makossa from Cameroon, soukous from Zaire which is now the DRC and mbalax from Senegal was being injected with a new attitude and was taking over the dancefloors. Kidjo was in her element. When she first arrived she sang and recorded with a group called Alafia and then joined the jazz tinged band, Pili Pili. She later recorded two jazz albums with Pili Pili and played with them at the Montreux Festival in 1986. In the same year she joined forces with bass player and composer Jean Hebrail, and together they worked on their own music. Through regularly working at Le Baiser Salé in Paris, she also met many African and Antillean musicians and was able to form her own group and release her first solo album, Parakou.

  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Percussion
  • World
  • Folk
  • Pop
  • Jazz
  • Electronic

Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Remain In LightAngélique Kidjo2018Album
Love Song To The EarthPaul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, John Rzeznik, Krewella, Angélique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice & Q'orianka Kilcher2015Single
Bomba (Velly Remix)Angélique Kidjo feat. ZZ Ward2015Single
SingsAngélique Kidjo With The Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg2015Album
EveAngélique Kidjo2014Album
Spirit RisingAngélique Kidjo2012Album
A Tribute To Edith Piaf - Live At MontreuxCatherine Ringer, Angélique Kidjo, Ute Lemper, Régine2011Album
Africa LandZiggy Marley, Angélique Kidjo, Stephen Marley2010Single
ÕÿöAngélique Kidjo2010Album
Move On UpAngélique Kidjo Featuring Bono & John Legend2010Single
You Can Count On MeAngélique Kidjo2009Single
Salala - The Junior Vasquez RemixesAngélique Kidjo Featuring Peter Gabriel2007Single
Gimme ShelterAngélique Kidjo Featuring Joss Stone2007Single
Djin DjinAngélique Kidjo2007Album
Bala Bala (1er Extrait de "Oyaya!")Angélique Kidjo2004Single
Oyaya!Angélique Kidjo2004Album
Conga HabaneraAngélique Kidjo2004Album
The Best Of Angelique KidjoAngélique Kidjo2004Compil.
Le Monde Comme Un BébéAngélique Kidjo En Duo Avec Henri Salvador2004Single
Black Ivory SoulAngélique Kidjo2002Album
TumbaAngélique Kidjo2002Single
Black Ivory SoulAngélique Kidjo2002Album
Ne Cédez JamaisAngélique Kidjo2002Single
Black Ivory SoulAngélique Kidjo2001Single
Keep On Moving • The Best Of Angélique KidjoAngélique Kidjo2001Compil.
If Only / A Child Is BornHanson / The Rapsody Feat. Angélique Kidjo & Scorpio2000Single
A Child Is BornThe Rapsody Feat. Angélique Kidjo & Scorpio1999Single
We Are OneAngélique Kidjo1999Single
La VieAngélique Kidjo, Philippe Saisse1999Single
OremiAngélique Kidjo1998Album
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)Angélique Kidjo1998Single
SummertimeAngélique Kidjo1997Single
Azan Nan KpeAngélique Kidjo1997Single
Wombo LomboAngélique Kidjo1996Album
ShangoAngélique Kidjo1996Single
FifaAngélique Kidjo1996Album
Fifa (4 Track Sampler)Angélique Kidjo1996Single
Agolo / Look Who's TalkingAngélique Kidjo / Dr. Alban1994Single
AdoumaAngélique Kidjo1994Single
AyéAngélique Kidjo1994Album
Agolo / Everybody Up / Work That BodyAngélique Kidjo / Uncanny Alliance / Chanelle1994Album
AgoloAngélique Kidjo1994Single
MalaïkaAngélique Kidjo1993Single
BatongaAngélique Kidjo1991Album
LogozoAngélique Kidjo1991Album
Wé-WéAngélique Kidjo1991Single
ParakouAngélique Kidjo1990Album
Ewa Ka Djo (Let's Dance)Angélique Kidjo1985Album
PrettyAngélique Kidjo1981Album
Fifa - Platinum Collection'2000 - AyéAngélique KidjoAlbum
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