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 Angélique Kidjo - Pretty album art Angelique Kidjo* Pretty(LP, Album) Jengou Records JMA 17700 France 1981 Sell This Version
NZR 85003 Angélique Kidjo - Ewa Ka Djo (Let's Dance) album art Angelique Kidjo* Ewa Ka Djo (Let's Dance)(LP, Album) Nova Zembla Records NZR 85003 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
COP 026 CD Angélique Kidjo - Parakou album art Angelique Kidjo* Parakou (Album) Island Records COP 026 CD France 1989 Sell This Version
262 469 Angélique Kidjo - Logozo album art Angélique Kidjo Logozo (Album) Mango, Island Records 262 469 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
518 432-2 Angélique Kidjo - Ayé album art Angélique Kidjo Ayé (Album) Mango 518 432-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
FPBCD 074 Angélique Kidjo - Fifa album art Angélique Kidjo Fifa (Album) Mango, Island Records FPBCD 074 South Africa 1996 Sell This Version
314-524 521-2 Angélique Kidjo - Oremi album art Angelique Kidjo* Oremi (Album) Island Records, Island Records 314-524 521-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
none Angélique Kidjo - Black Ivory Soul album art Angelique Kidjo* Black Ivory Soul (Album) Columbia, Columbia none US 2001 Sell This Version
ACK-89053 Angélique Kidjo - Oyaya! album art Angelique Kidjo* Oyaya! (Album) Columbia, Columbia ACK-89053 US 2004 Sell This Version
CDEMCJ (WFL) 6506 Angélique Kidjo - Djin Djin album art Angélique Kidjo Djin Djin (Album) Razor & Tie CDEMCJ (WFL) 6506 South Africa 2007 Sell This Version
7930183062-2 Angélique Kidjo - Õÿö album art Angélique Kidjo Õÿö (Album) Proper Records (2), Razor & Tie 7930183062-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
83306 Angélique Kidjo - Spirit Rising album art Angélique Kidjo Spirit Rising (Album) Razor & Tie 83306 US 2012 Sell This Version
FTN17982 Angélique Kidjo - Eve album art Angélique Kidjo Eve (Album) 429 Records FTN17982 US 2013 Sell This Version
FTN16042 Angélique Kidjo - Sings album art 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
KR 1002 Angélique Kidjo - Remain In Light album art Angelique Kidjo* Remain In Light (Album) Kravenworks KR 1002 Canada 2018 Sell This Version
774449-8 Angélique Kidjo - Celia album art Angélique Kidjo Celia (Album) Decca Records France 774449-8 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
602435821634 Angélique Kidjo - Mother Nature album art Angelique Kidjo* Mother Nature (Album) Decca 602435821634 France 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

162-530 614-1 Angélique Kidjo - Batonga album art Angelique Kidjo* Batonga (Maxi, Single) Great Jones 162-530 614-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
8663271 Angélique Kidjo - Wé-Wé album art Angélique Kidjo Wé-Wé (Single, Maxi) Mango 8663271 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
862 408-2 Angélique Kidjo - Malaïka album art Angélique Kidjo Malaïka(CD, Single, Car) Mango, Island Records 862 408-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
74321 22320 2 Angélique Kidjo - Adouma album art Angélique Kidjo Adouma (Single, Maxi) Island Records, Mango 74321 22320 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
1801 Angélique Kidjo - Agolo album art Angelique Kidjo* Agolo (Maxi, Single) Mango 1801 France 1994 Sell This Version
74321-20680-7 Angélique Kidjo - Agolo / Look Who's Talking album art 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
AMDJ061394 Angélique Kidjo - Agolo / Everybody Up / Work That Body album art Ange'lique Kidjo* / Uncanny Alliance / Chanelle Ange'lique Kidjo* / Uncanny Alliance / Chanelle - Agolo / Everybody Up / Work That Body(12", Promo) A&M Records AMDJ061394 US 1994 Sell This Version
WDR 35151 Angélique Kidjo - Hakuna Matata (Version Américaine) / Hakuna Matata (Version Française) album art Jimmy Cliff & Lebo M / Debbie Davis & Angélique Kidjo Jimmy Cliff & Lebo M / Debbie Davis & Angélique Kidjo - Hakuna Matata (Version Américaine) / Hakuna Matata (Version Française)(CD, Single) Walt Disney Records WDR 35151 France 1995 Sell This Version