Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo

Real Name:
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.
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Angélique Kidjo Discography


JMA 17700 Angelique Kidjo* Pretty(LP, Album) Jengou Records JMA 17700 France 1981 Sell This Version
NZR 85003 Angelique Kidjo* Ewa Ka Djo (Let's Dance)(LP, Album) Nova Zembla Records NZR 85003 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
COP 026 CD Angelique Kidjo* Parakou (Album) Island Records COP 026 CD France 1989 Sell This Version
262 469 Angélique Kidjo Logozo (Album) Mango, Island Records 262 469 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
518 432-2 Angélique Kidjo Ayé (Album) Mango 518 432-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
MLPS 1112, 524 203-1 Angélique Kidjo Fifa (Album) Mango, Island Records MLPS 1112, 524 203-1 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
314-524 521-2 Angelique Kidjo* Oremi (Album) Island Records, Island Records 314-524 521-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
none Angelique Kidjo* Black Ivory Soul (Album) Columbia, Columbia none US 2001 Sell This Version
CK 89053 Angélique Kidjo Oyaya! (Album) Columbia, Columbia CK 89053 US 2004 Sell This Version
7930182967-2 Angelique Kidjo* Djin Djin (Album) Razor & Tie 7930182967-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
7930183062-2 Angélique Kidjo Õÿö (Album) Proper Records (2), Razor & Tie 7930183062-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
WRASS292 Angélique Kidjo Spirit Rising(CD, Album) Wrasse Records WRASS292 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
FTN17968 Angélique Kidjo Eve(CD, Album) 429 Records FTN17968 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
FTN16042 Angélique Kidjo With The Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg Angélique Kidjo With The Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg - Sings (Album) 429 Records FTN16042 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

8663271 Angélique Kidjo Wé-Wé (Single, Maxi) Mango 8663271 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
162-530 614-1 Angelique Kidjo* Batonga (Maxi, Single) Great Jones 162-530 614-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
MNG 800 Angélique Kidjo Batonga(7") Mango MNG 800 UK 1992 Sell This Version
862 408-2 Angélique Kidjo Malaïka(CD, Single, Car) Mango, Island Records 862 408-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
74321 20567 2 Angélique Kidjo Adouma (Single) Mango 74321 20567 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
1801 Angelique Kidjo* Agolo (Maxi, Single) Mango 1801 France 1994 Sell This Version
74321-20680-7 Angelique Kidjo* / Dr. Alban Angelique Kidjo* / Dr. Alban - Agolo / Look Who's Talking(7", Promo) Mango, Cheiron 74321-20680-7 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
AMDJ 061394 Angélique Kidjo / Uncanny Alliance / Chanelle Angélique Kidjo / Uncanny Alliance / Chanelle - Agolo / Everybody Up / Work That Body(12", Promo) A&M Records AMDJ 061394 US 1994 Sell This Version
854 641-2 Angélique Kidjo Shango (Single, Maxi) Mango, Mango 854 641-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CIDMX 830, 576 757-2 Angélique Kidjo Wombo Lombo (Single) Mango CIDMX 830, 576 757-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FIFACD1 Angélique Kidjo Fifa (4 Track Sampler)(CD, Single, Promo) Mango, Island Records FIFACD1 Europe 1996 Sell This Version