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Angélique Kidjo (Angélique Kidjo Bonneaventure Carmen)

Angélique Kidjo Bonneaventure Carmen is a Beninese singer.


  • Angélique studied music at the CIM, a reputable jazz school in Paris where she met and married musician and producer Jean Hebrail, with whom she has composed most of her music.

    On May 8, 2010, Angelique was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by Berklee College.


  • Her musical influences are pop African Caribbean music, zouk, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel, and Latin styles. She was also inspired by the artists: Bella Bellow, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Miriam Makeba and Carlos Santana. Kidjo is fluent in Fon, French, Yoruba and English. She sings in four languages. Malaika's song, album Logozo is Swahili. She often uses Zilin vocal technique and Vocalese. Angélique Kidjo was born in Cotonou, Benin. Her father is a Fon Ouidah postmaster and her mother is Yoruba, director of a theater and businesswoman. From the age of six, she joined the theater company of her mother. She began singing in the group The Sphinx. She recorded the album Pretty with the help of her brother and producer Cameroon Ekambi Brilliant. This album contains songs Nineveh, Gbe Agossi. The success of the album allowed his to do a big tour in West Africa. Political conflicts in Benin prevented her from continuing career independently in their own country. She moved to Paris in 1983. Angélique Kidjo studied singing lessons at the CIM, a jazz school in Paris. She met her future husband John Hebrail, a musician and composer, with whom she wrote most of her music. She recorded a solo album, Parakou for the Open Jazz Label.

Major achievements

  • Kidjo won the Grammy Awards on several occasions. Among her successes are the songs Agolo, We We, Adouma, Wombo Lombo, and Afirika Batonga. The British Broadcasting Corporation has included her in the list of 50 icons of the African continent. The Time Magazine has called her the First Africain Diva and is part of the list compiled by The Guardian of the 100 most influential women in the world.

    Angélique Kidjo is a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund since 2002. Kidjo has created Batonga Foundation, which supports the school of African girls so that they can take part in development in Africa. The foundation provides scholarships, increasing the number of admissions, works to increase the level of teachers, provides schools with supplies, exploring alternative teaching methods and campaigns for awareness of the importance of girls' education.


Denomination: Catholic


  • Kidjo has been a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund Goodwill Ambassador. With United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, she has travelled to many countries in Africa.

  • Kidjo founded The Batonga Foundation, which gives girls a secondary school and higher education so that they can take the lead in changing Africa.

  • Since March 2009, Angélique Kidjo has been campaigning for "Africa for women's rights". This campaign was launched by The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).



Music & Bands: Afropop, Afrobeat, reggae, world music, world fusion, worldbeat, jazz, gospel, Latin.


  • father: -
  • mother: -
  • Brothers: Oscar - Benin
  • Husband: Jean Hébrail
  • Daugther: Naïma
Angélique Kidjo
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Born July 14, 1960
(age 57)
  • 1985 - 1988
    She became the frontsinger.
    The frontsinger of the known Euro-African jazz/rock band Jasper van't Hof's Pili Pili



Elena Stolik last changed 27/11/2012 view changes
  • Religions
    • Angelique was raised in the religion called Voodoo, which does not have the negative image portrayed in the media. She was also raised as Catholic.
    • which does not have the negative image portrayed in the media. She was also raised as Catholic.
    • Angelique was raised in the religion called Voodoo which does not have the negative image portrayed in the media. She was also raised as Catholic.
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