On the heels of a new recording, “Eve”, and her new book, "Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music", the 53 year old Afro Pop Diva clearly has energy to burn.
Kidjo’s successful musical career seems almost predestined. She was one of 10 children born in Benin, West Africa to a family of musicians. During her 30 year career she is renowned for her energetic performances. To those who do not understand the languages in which she sings, there is no barrier to enjoyment of her strong voice and musicality.
Along the way her commitment to public service was equally clear. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founded her own US-based charitable organization, the Batonga Foundation, to economically uplift and educate African women for the betterment of their entire communities.
“Eve”, dedicated to women, features collaborations with such diverse musical sources as the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, and Dr. John. While traveling in Africa, Kidjo heard women singing with such beauty that she was moved to include them in her recording.
Her book tells her story with recipes included. Bishop Desmond Tutu wrote the foreword and Alicia Keys penned the introduction. Kidjo, married and a mother whose daughter attends Yale University, was raised with affection and morality by her loving parents.