Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo is not only one of the spunkiest, most electrifying performers in the pop world today, she’s also one of its most forward and creative thinkers, an artist whose mission has been to explore the relationships of diverse musical cultures. While she has steeped her music in the tribal and pop rhythms of her West African heritage, the Benin-born, Brooklyn-based Kidjo has crossed musical boundaries by blending a variety of styles, including funk, salsa, jazz, rumba, souk and makossa. Angelique also travels the world as a UNICEF goodwill Ambassador. While on the fields in Tanzania, Benin, Ethiopia, Brazil and many other places, she has been helping to raise awareness on girls’ education to help eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education. She is the co-founder of the Batonga Foundation, which gives scholarship to girls in five countries in Africa.
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