The Beninese Diva: Angélique Kidjo

 

The gentle waft of Angélique Kidjo crooning Lemanja fills the air enveloping and welcoming guests as they approach the entryway leading into The KOKOBÉRNA Boutique

Angélique Kidjo globally represents that which is - the African feminine divine, along with our ancestors such as the beloved Miriam Makeba, the fierce Queen Amina, the discerning Queen Moremi, and many other foremothers across the continent, including the new generation of young contemporaries shining the light on our heritage, upholding our traditions, our essence

We, the original storytellers... those who know where they come from

Like the town crier of pre-colonial African villages gone by

There is an African proverb, “to get lost is to find the way”

It is my hope that what she has done for West Africa through her work in music, film, and theatre – may it be exemplified in the beautification that flows from KOKOBÉRNA to you, our clients.

Read the article, click-through the links, explore, immerse, be curious, stay open, ask questions, leave your thoughts and comments below.

In Gratitude.

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Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a five-time Grammy Award winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Kidjo was born into a family of performing artists. Currently featured on the cover of Forbes Africa, the below is the full and complete article excerpted from The New Yorker Magazine. Interviewed by Julian Lucas, February 2022.

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a five-time Grammy Award winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

At sixty-one, the doyenne of African pop is recording with everyone from Burna Boy to Philip Glass—and still searching for new rhythms. 

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The Beninese Diva: Angélique Kidjo