It’s the legendary African music icon, Angelique Kidjo’s birthday. The four-times Grammy award winner was born July 14th 1960. She is 60 today. To commemorate the African music icon, we put together a list of her top five songs, spanning through an active career of three decades.
The single ‘Agolo’ was released off her second studio album ‘Ayé’ released in 1994, under the Islands Records imprint. Its lyrics tackled global environmental issues. Agolo earned Kidjo her first ever Grammy nomination.
2. ‘We We’
Released in 1991, ‘We We’ Is one of several hit songs which was released off the Beninese major label debut, ‘Logozo’.
‘Aduoma’ Is the second song on Angelique Kidjo’s sophomore album Ayé, released in 1996. It is an upbeat, groovy dance composition and, next on the tracklist after the Grammy nominated album intro track ‘Agolo’. The song was composed by Angelique Kidjo and her husband Jean Louis Pierre Hebrail.
4. ‘Wombo Lombo’
The mellow rhythm lyrics sees Kidjo singing in native lingua and English. Wombo Lombo is the second song off Angelique Kidjo’s album ‘Fifa’, released in 1996, under Island Records. Once again produced by Jean Hebrail. Burna Boy sampled Wombo Lombo in his L.I.F.E. album on the sing ‘Wombo Something’, released in 2013.
From the album ‘Black Ivory Soul’, released March 2002, under Sony Music Entertainment. Afirika is an Ode to the black continent Africa. Its lyrics praises the beauty of her uniqueness, calling for her people to stand and make Africa great. ‘Afirika’ was composed and co-written with Jean Hebrail.