‘This Is For Burna Boy,’ Angelique Kidjo Dedicates Grammy Award

Photo collaboration of Angélique Kidjo and Burna Boy


Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo on Sunday night dedicated her Grammy award to the Nigerian music star Burna Boy who was up against her to win the music prize.

Burna Boy had been nominated in the same category for his acclaimed album ‘African Giant’ but Kidjo won, for the fourth time, leaving Burna Boy still waiting to win his first.

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Kidjo while dedicating the award showered praises on Burna saying, “Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generation of artists coming from Africa are going to take you by storm.

“And the time has come. This is for Burna Boy.

“Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our continent is perceived and the way African music has been the bedrock of every music.”

Kidjo who sings in more than five languages and whose career has spanned almost four decades was gracious in receiving the award and dedicated it to Burna Boy.

“This is for Burna Boy,” she said, lifting up her award to cheers, and declaring the “African giant” as part of the new generation of African musicians that are changing the global perception of Africa and its music.

A win for Burna would have made it the second time a Nigerian would be returning home with the grammy plaque. Sikiru Adepoju is the only Nigerian to have won a grammy. he won it in 2009 with the “global drum project” a collaborative album with Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Angelique Kidjo Beats Burna Boy To Best World Music Album Grammy

There had been massive support and well wishes for Burna Boy (left) to bring home the Grammy but veteran artiste Angelique Kidjo (right) ended up with the award. Photos: AFP


The hopes of thousands of Nigerian music fans for a second Grammy for the country this year have been dashed as Angelique Kidjo has beaten Burna Boy to the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

Burna Boy had been nominated in the category for his acclaimed album ‘African Giant’.

Although he was up against seasoned Angelique Kidjo, Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley and, Altin Gün, many fans were certain this would be his year.

It wasn’t to be as the Recording Academy opted to hand Kidjo her fourth Best Contemporary World Music Album gong for her album “Celia”.

Kidjo who sings in more than five languages and whose career has spanned almost four decades was gracious in receiving the award and dedicated it to Burna Boy.

“This is for Burna Boy,” she said, lifting up her award to cheers, and declaring the “African Giant” as part of the new generation of African musicians that are changing the global perception of Africa and its music.

A win for Burna would have made it the second time a Nigerian would be returning home with the Grammy plaque. Sikiru Adepoju is the only Nigerian to have won a Grammy. He won it in 2009 with the “Global Drum Project” a collaborative album with Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Burna Boy had trended virtually throughout last week as fans, anticipating the awards, took to social media to express their love and support for him.

News that he did not win the award caused another social media frenzy. Check out what some fans had to say below:

Best World Music Album Nominees
“Gece” — Altin Gün
“Celia” — Angelique Kidjo (Winner)
“What Heat” — Bokanté & Metropole Orkest; Jules Buckley
“African Giant” — Burna Boy
“Fanm D’ayiti” — Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet

Angelique Kidjo, Others To Thrill Participants At African Drums Festival

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his wife during the previous edition of African Drums Festival in Ogun State.


The stage is set as Ogun State government celebrates the third edition of African Drums Festival.

The festival is laced with excitement including performance from Grammy Award-winning singer, Angelique Kidjo, endurance trek, road show and other side attractions.

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in the state, Muyiwa Oladipo told journalists that the festival is aimed at showcasing African cultural heritage including the rich historical culture in Ogun State.

“We intend to have pre-shows in the two other Senatorial Districts. We will bring in Angelique Kidjo to Ijebu Ode and another Yoruba stars at Ilaro, we are also going to have a road show on the day of the opening ceremony which is on the 19th of April, 2018.

”We plan to have an endurance trek from the Cultural Centre to Olumo Rock. Olumo Rock is the centre of attraction for tourists,” he said, adding that about 24 African countries would take part in the festival.

“We are going to have representatives from more African Countries. We had about 12 countries at the last edition. We are expecting about 24 African countries. We intend making a mark, an improvement on what we’ve had in the last two editions,” he added.

According to Oladipo, the State Government will nurture the festival to maturity, thereby making it a flagship for cultural activities in the State and the country at large.

Angélique Kidjo Wins Human Rights Award

angelique kijoAmnesty International has given its top 2016 human rights award to Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo and to three African youth activist movements for their work standing up to injustice, the organisation announced on Wednesday.

Benin-born Kidjo and groups Y’en a marre from Senegal, le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown “exceptional courage,” Amnesty said.

“(They) have all proved themselves to be bold advocates for human rights, using their talents to inspire others,” Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s Secretary General, said in a statement.

Previous winners of the Ambassador of Conscience Award include the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi, the rock band U2, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and American singer-songwriter Joan Baez.

Kidjo fled her homeland in the 1980s after being pressured to perform for the country’s repressive regime.

In a 30-year career spawning 12 albums, she has been a prominent campaigner for freedom of expression and against female genital mutilation.

Y’en a marre (Fed Up) is a group of Senegalese rappers and journalists who joined forces in 2011 to encourage young people to register to vote in the country’s election and exercise their right to freedom of expression.

Y’en a marre has remained active since the election, hosting meetings and urging the new government to implement promised changes such as land reform, a key issue affecting Senegal’s rural poor.

Le Balai Citoyen (The Citizen’s Broom) is a political grassroots movement committed to peaceful protest. It was founded in 2013 by two musicians, reggae artist Sams’K Le Jah and rapper Smockey (Serge Bambara).

Le Balai Citoyen has voiced concerns about a range of issues from corruption and land grabs to power cuts, and it has mobilized people to claim their rights and fight impunity.

LUCHA is another community-based youth movement committed to peaceful protest. It was created in Goma, eastern DRC, in 2012.

Its activism focuses on social issues, human rights and the protection of civilians from armed groups. LUCHA advocates for social justice and democratic governance through non-partisan and non-violent actions.

Kidjo and her fellow awardees will be honored at a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, on May 28.

Angelique Kidjo Wins Third Grammy Award

angeliqueBeninese-born music powerhouse, Angelique Kidjo on Monday won her third Grammy, the most coveted music award in the world.

This came eight years after her 2007 album, Djin Djin, won her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary world music album in 2008.

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The new win is coming about two years after she won her second Grammy in the world music album category for her album titled “eve,” a tribute to African women.

She has now clinched the win in the same category for her 2015 album, Sings.

The album is a compilation of orchestral versions of 9 songs from previous albums and 2 original songs: Nanae and Otishe, released in collaboration with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Acknowledging the award on social media, Kidjo dedicated it to “fellow African artists and musicians”.

Her past Grammy nominations include the Best Music Video of 1995 and Best World Music Album in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015.

She won in 2008, 2014.

The CEO Trailer: When Ambition Meets Deadly Rivalry…

the CEOMovie buffs across Nigeria have held a collective breath in anticipation of what renowned filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan will reveal in the first trailer of his biggest movie yet, The CEO.

The wait is over as Channels TV premieres the first trailer of the pan-African movie starring Grammy award winner, Angelique Kidjo; Nigeria’s Wale Ojo, and Hilda Dokubo; Kenyan actor, Peter King; American, Hollywood’s Jimmy Jean-Louis.

The trailer reveals cameo appearances by Nigerian singer, Adekunle Gold and Moroccan Afrobian artiste, Ahmed Soultan.

Omawumi Drops ‘Play Na Play’ Visuals

omawumiSinger, Omawumi has finally released the video for her music collaboration with Grammy Award winning music powerhouse, Angelique Kidjo.

‘Play Na Play’ is a live production arranged by Cobhams Asuquo.

The video was shot on location in New Jersey.

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Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award

African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes.

French veterans Lo’jo, who mix French folk with African and Arabic sounds, picked up the Best Group award and the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba was chosen as top Newcomer.

The Best Cross Cultural-Collaboration went to Dub Colossus for the blend of Ethiopian roots, reggae and dub beats on their latest album “Dub Me Tender Vol. 1+2”.

Kidjo, originally from Benin, is one of Africa’s biggest singing stars. Over the years she has worked with Prince, sang at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and sold out New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The Best Artist award was given for her live “Spirit Rising” album but was also recognition of her career achievements, Songlines editor-in-chief Simon Broughton told Reuters.

“She’s been around a long time but she’s always inspiring,” he said. “What clinched it was a concert she gave in London in March for Women’s Day. It was breathtaking. I’ve never seen her so exuberant. She bonds people and really makes it special.”

Kidjo, 52, has adopted the mantle of the late South African singer Miriam Makeba as a political voice and campaigns for women’s rights and education in Africa.

“The award is also for what she stands for,” Broughton said.

Lo’jo, from southwest France, has also been around a long time and the band’s latest album, “Cinema el Mundo”, showed them to be as strong as ever.

“They are much better known in the Francophone world than elsewhere. They’ve not been tempted to become more mainstream,” Broughton said.

“They are a quality act, an unusual, interesting group, especially in their connections with West and North Africa.”


The Newcomer winner, Mokoomba, is a young group from Zimbabwe but the horn-driven music is pan-African, bringing in the sounds of Congo, South Africa and other countries. Its “Rising Tide” album sealed the award.

Dub Colossus’ award was recognition of its work over the past 10 years in popularizing Ethiopian music and blending it with modern beats.

“It’s risen from being unknown to something hip and really getting an audience. There’s a lot of people fusing Ethiopian and Western sounds so they represent a wide movement and are bringing in a lot of young people,” Broughton said.

World music has had mixed fortunes in the past year.

The live scene was still healthy, with a host of performers filling venues in London and elsewhere, Songlines publisher Paul Geoghegan said.

But the recording scene was very difficult for artists, record labels and distributors due to the closure of record stores and declining CD sales. The collapse of British chain HMV, whose shops stocked a wide variety of world music, was a big blow, he said.