Angélique Kidjo

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Angélique Kidjo: Mother Nature review – hip-hop exuberance meets African tradition
The veteran Benin singer emerges as leader of a new generation of African musicians in this joyful blend of new and old sounds

Neil Spencer

05, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘Africa has so much talent – we can’t even grasp it’: Angélique Kidjo on pop, politics and power
She’s played with everyone from Tony Allen to David Byrne. Now the Grammy winner is singing with a new generation of African stars, celebrating their continent while confronting its failings

Emmanuel Akinwotu

04, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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'His drums were singing, you know?' Tony Allen remembered by his collaborators
Angelique Kidjo, Jeff Mills, Sebastien Tellier and more remember the late drummer: his humility, his brilliance, and his awesome sportswear

Interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, May, 2020 @10:13 AM

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Best albums of 2019 so far
Ariana Grande delivered swaggering pop, there was state-of-the-nation rap from Slowthai, Dave and Sleaford Mods, Billie Eilish shouted out for the teens, and Angélique Kidjo blended Africa with Cuba

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

04, Jun, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Angélique Kidjo: Celia review – magnificent African reinvention of salsa | Robin Denselow's world album of the month
Kidjo’s album takes the songs of Celia Cruz and adds Afrobeat and other influences with stars including Tony Allen and Meshell Ndegeocello

Robin Denselow

19, Apr, 2019 @7:30 AM

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Womadelaide 2019: Christine and the Queens dazzles amid smorgasbord of sound
More than 75 acts performed over four packed days in a world music festival that continues to push boundaries and open hearts

Janine Israel

12, Mar, 2019 @12:17 AM

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Salif Keita: Un Autre Blanc review – a retirement gift from a singular voice
Keita’s final album features everyone from Angélique Kidjo to Alpha Blondy, but it’s his vocals that stand out

Robin Denselow

25, Jan, 2019 @8:30 AM

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Angélique Kidjo Sings Talking Heads review – turns up the Afrobeat
Cultural appropriation has never sounded this good as the Benin-born singer transforms the Remain in Light album

John Lewis

12, Jun, 2018 @12:17 PM

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On Mass with Angélique Kidjo review – vocal powerhouse unites the masses
The Grammy award-winning singer dominated this cheerfully thunderous, global gathering of young circus performers, rappers and beatboxers

Robin Denselow

14, Nov, 2017 @10:46 AM

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‘The album is a love letter to men’: meet feminist supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique
A collective of female stars including Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia and Nneka is singing out against gender inequality in west Africa over a soundtrack of funk, blues and dub

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

20, Feb, 2017 @3:53 PM

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Angélique Kidjo honoured with Amnesty International top human rights award
The Grammy-winning musician shares the prize with three African youth activist movements, who show ‘exceptional courage’ standing up to injustice

Thomson Reuters Foundation

04, May, 2016 @1:09 AM

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Womadelaide festival 2016: 12 things we learned
Turbans aplenty as Angélique Kidjo, Bollywood legend Asha Bhosle, Violent Femmes and Seun Kuti delight Adelaide crowds over the long weekend

Janine Israel and Brigid Delaney

15, Mar, 2016 @8:58 PM

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