Friday, December 3, 2010


Angelique Kidjo has wrapped a banner year with a GRAMMY nomination for her new CD 'OYO' and a sold out, headlining debut concert at Carnegie Hall. It's been a landmark year full of achievements for the Benin, Africa-born singer:

* Kidjo's tenth album 'OYO', released by Razor & Tie, has just been nominated for the 2010 Best Contemporary World Music GRAMMY. 

* In a live review, NY Times praised "the brazen power of her instrument, a chest-rattling alto" and called Kidjo "a superhero." The single, Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up," features guest turns from John Legend and Bono.

* She performed at the FIFA World Cup Kickoff concert, broadcast worldwide from South Africa, along with Shakira, Alicia Keyes, The Black Eyed Peas, and others:
* She performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Legend and The Roots on July 27.

* Razor & Tie released the EP 'iTunes Live From SoHo.'

* Her essay on the 50th anniversary of Benin's independence was published in the NY Times online:
* She traveled around Africa, fulfilling her duties as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

* She attended Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's birthday party and fund-raiser during which President Clinton adoringly introduced Angelique to the guests:

* Kidjo received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.

* She sang on the Preservation Hall benefit album with Terence Blanchard on the song "La Vie En Rose."

* The Commission of the African Union (AU) named Kidjo a Peace Ambassador.

* Kidjo appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Olympics, the Montreux Jazz Festival and The World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures among other premiere festivals/events in 2010.

* She will speak at the 2010 TEDWomen's "Reshaping the Future" conference, Dec. 7-8, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The program highlights women as powerful innovators and architects of change.

* She received the Officier Des Arts Et Des Lettres award from the French Government.

* Her Batonga Foundation is partnering with the African Well Fund and Africare to provide hand pumps and clean water to Batonga girls in Benin.

For more information on 
Angelique Kidjo, please contact Nick Loss-Eaton ( or Lauretta Charlton ( at Shore Fire Media: 718.522.7171.

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