Angélique Kidjo

Real Name:
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo
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Born: July 14, 1960.

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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Albums

JMA 17700 Pretty — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Pretty(LP, Album) Jengou Records JMA 17700 France 1981 Sell This Version
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NZR 85003 Ewa Ka Djo (Let's Dance) — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Ewa Ka Djo (Let's Dance)(LP, Album) Nova Zembla Records NZR 85003 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
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COP 026 CD Parakou — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Parakou (Album) Island Records COP 026 CD France 1989 Sell This Version
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262 469 Logozo — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Logozo (Album) Mango, Island Records 262 469 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
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518 432-2 Ayé — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Ayé (Album) Mango 518 432-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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FPBCD 074 Fifa — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Fifa (Album) Mango, Island Records FPBCD 074 South Africa 1996 Sell This Version
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314-524 521-2 Oremi — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Oremi (Album) Island Records, Island Records 314-524 521-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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5245212 Oremi — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Oremi(CD) Island Records, PolyGram 5245212 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
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none Battu (The Beggar's Revolt) - Original Score — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo And Jean Hébrail* Angélique Kidjo And Jean Hébrail* - Battu (The Beggar's Revolt) - Original Score(CDr, Album, Promo) Not On Label none France 2000 Sell This Version
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none Black Ivory Soul — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Black Ivory Soul (Album) Columbia, Columbia none US 2001 Sell This Version
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ACK-89053 Oyaya! — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Oyaya! (Album) Columbia, Columbia ACK-89053 US 2004 Sell This Version
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CDEMCJ (WFL) 6506 Djin Djin — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Djin Djin (Album) Razor & Tie CDEMCJ (WFL) 6506 South Africa 2007 Sell This Version
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7930183062-2 Õÿö — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Õÿö (Album) Proper Records (2), Razor & Tie 7930183062-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
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83306 Spirit Rising — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Spirit Rising (Album) Razor & Tie 83306 US 2012 Sell This Version
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FTN17982 Eve — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Eve (Album) 429 Records FTN17982 US 2013 Sell This Version
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FTN16042 Sings — Angélique Kidjo 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
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KR 1002 Remain In Light — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Remain In Light (Album) Kravenworks KR 1002 Canada 2018 Sell This Version
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774449-8 Celia — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Celia (Album) Verve Records 774449-8 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
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B0030016-02 Celia — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Celia(CD, Album) Verve Records B0030016-02 USA & Canada 2019 Sell This Version
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602435821634 Mother Nature — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Mother Nature (Album) Decca 602435821634 France 2021 Sell This Version
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FB005 Symphony No. 12 Philip Glass, Filharmonie Brno*, Dennis Russell Davies, Angélique Kidjo, Christian Schmitt (2) Philip Glass, Filharmonie Brno*, Dennis Russell Davies, Angélique Kidjo, Christian Schmitt (2) - Symphony No. 12 "Lodger" (Album) Filharmonie Brno FB005 Czech Republic 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

162-530 614-1 Batonga — Angélique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo* Batonga (Maxi, Single) Great Jones 162-530 614-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
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8663271 Wé-Wé — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Wé-Wé (Single, Maxi) Mango 8663271 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
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862 408-2 Malaïka — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Malaïka (Single) Mango, Island Records 862 408-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 22320 2 Adouma — Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo Adouma (Single, Maxi) Island Records, Mango 74321 22320 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version