Angélique Kidjo on MBE

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Angélique Kidjo is an electrifying performer with a fun loving personality that was on full display this morning as she spoke to Jason Bentley about her new record and her joyful childhood. She reflected on how her father would dance her mother around the kitchen and how music was a significant part of her life from a very early age. The New York-based vocalist has always combined the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. Today, she even did a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up.” Check out a wonderfully charismatic performance featuring songs from her latest project “Oyo,” out at the end of this month.

Check out the full session here!