Angelique Kidjo: "Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music"

 - Oremi publicity shot. Courtesy of Barron Claiborne, Island-Records.

Oremi publicity shot. Courtesy of Barron Claiborne, Island-Records.

Angelique Kidjo: "Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music"

Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning musician and UNICEF ambassador. The singer-songwriter on celebrating her African roots in word and song.

Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning musician who grew up in the West African nation of Benin. Her unusually progressive father bucked tradition to ensure she received an education and pursued her musical talents. She was a rising star in Benin when the repressive regime then in power led her to flee to Paris, where her career took off. She eventually migrated to New York. All along, she has stayed faithful to her African roots. In 2010, her “Sound of the Drum” concert at Carnegie Hall played to a sold-out audience. She begins 2014 with a just-published memoir and a new album, “Eve.” Angelique Kidjo on her journey from Benin to Brooklyn.

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Angelique Kidjo

Grammy Award-winning musician, a UNICEF ambassador and the founder of the Batonga Foundation to help give African girls access to education.

Featured Video From Inside The Studio

Grammy Award-winning musician Angelique Kidjo sings "Eva," the first single from her new album "Eve," and describes what inspired the song. Then she explains the artistry behind the music video for her popular song "Batonga" and performs it in the studio.

Angelique Kidjo In Photos

Angelique Kidjo's "Batonga"

Excerpted from "Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music" by Angelique Kidjo. Copyright © 2014 by Angelique Kidjo. Excerpted by permission of Harper Design. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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