Beninese Born Singer Angélique Kidjo Wins Third Career Grammy Award
Beninese-born American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo has just won the Grammy Award for “Best World Music Album” for the third time with her Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg collaboration, "Sings". The Beninese icon was up against South African choral group legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malawi’s Zomba Prison Project, Gilberto Gil and Anoushka Shankar.
Kidjo’s acceptance speech was nothing short of memorable. The artist behind Sings began by singing her “thank you” song. followed by her speach below
“I want to dedicate this Grammy to all the traditional musicians in Africa, in my country, and all the young generation, the new African music, vibrant, joyful music that comes from my continent that you have to get yourself to discover,” she went on to say. “Africa is on the rise. Africa is positive. Africa is joyful. Let’s get together and be one through music and say no to hate and violence through music. Thank you”She shared the same sentiment in an Instagram post in which the singer, activist and UN Goodwill Ambassador dedicated the award to her fellow African artists and musicians.
Thanks to my fans! I m dedicating my #Grammy to my fellow African artists and musicians! I love… https://t.co/sBotp3fJ3t