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14th July, 1960
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Afropop, Afrobeat, reggae, world, world fusion, worldbeat, jazz, gospel, Latin, world music
Reggae, Worldbeat, Afro-Pop, Contemporary Reggae, African Traditions, Afro-Beat, Club/Dance, Electronic, West African, World Fusion, Jazz
Earnest, Intimate, Sweet, Sentimental, Reflective, Searching, Spiritual, Intense, Enigmatic, Elaborate, Ambitious, Laid-Back/Mellow
Island, Mango, PolyGram, Columbia, Razor & Tie, 429 Records
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo (July 14, 1960), is a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and activist from Benin, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva". The BBC has included Kidjo in its list of the African continent's 50 most iconic figures. The Guardian has listed her as one of its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World and Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among "The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa" by Forbes magazine. The Daily Telegraph in London described her as "The undisputed queen of African music" during the 2012 Olympic Games River of Music Festival. In March 2013, NPR, National Public Radio in America, called her "Africa's greatest living diva". Kidjo is listed among the "2014 Most Influential Africans" by New African magazine and Jeune Afrique. Forbes Afrique put Angelique on the cover of their "100 most influential women" issue in 2015. On June 6, 2013, Kidjo was elected vice-president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC). She now resides in New York City, where she is an occasional contributor to the New York Times. Angelique has received Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Berklee College of Music and Middlebury College.
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