Johannesburg, March 13: Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.
The 59-year-old singer-songwriter will always be remembered for her classic 1994 hit #Agolo, off the #Ayé album recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis.
The song was a mega hit even in Uganda and got Angelique Kidjo her first Grammy nomination.
Her musical influences include the Afropop, Caribbean zouk, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel, and Latin styles; as well as her childhood idols Bella Bellow, James Brown, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Miriam Makeba and Carlos Santana.
In her long career, Kidjo has produced hit after hit, the most-recent being in June last year (Remain In Light).
Now based in New York and having recorded extensively in the Americas and Europe, Kidjo has worked with class acts such as Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana, Ziggy Marley and Manu Dibango, many of them on her 2007 album #Djin Djin, which also won her a Grammy.
The concert is tailor-made for Ugandans passionate about any genre from reggae to world music, from fusion to afrobeat/afropop, from gospel to jazz.
By Ziyanda Yono