(AFP) AngÃ©lique Kidjo, one of the biggest African musicians on the world stage, on Sunday won her second Grammy for World Music album for â€œEve,â€ a tribute to the continentâ€™s women.
â€œThis album is dedicated to the women of Africa â€” to their beauty and resilience,â€ the Beninese singer said. â€œWomen of Africa â€” you rock!â€
â€œFor me, music is a weapon of peace, and today more than ever, as artists we have a role to play in the stability of this world,â€ Kidjo said as she accepted the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles.
Kidjo, who is based primarily in New York, returned to Benin for â€œEveâ€ and traveled with a recorder, taping the cadences and harmonies of womenâ€™s choirs.
She also journeyed elsewhere in Africa. In total she recorded more than 100 women, among them her own mother.
But the album also featured a diverse array of musical collaborators including the Kronos string quartet, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij of the indie rock band Vampire Weekend.
Kidjo previously won a Grammy for her 2007 album â€œDjin Djin,â€ which also tapped a range of guest artists including guitar legend Carlos Santana and singer Alicia Keys.
The 54-year-old singer is known for her activism. She has pressed for action on climate change and for a more sustained effort to improve public health in West Africa in the wake of the Ebola crisis.
Kidjo won out in a category that included the sitarist Anoushka Shankar and the Brazilian bossa nova legend Sergio Mendes.
Source: AFP | Photo: Reuters