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Angelique Kidjo

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Ms. Kidjo is a West African singer, songwriter and activist who began her singing career at the age of six. She moved to Paris in 1983 where she studied jazz and attended law school. Ms. Kidjo was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in July 2002. In her UNICEF capacity, she has traveled extensively, raising awareness of the situations of children in developing countries. Among other political and humanitarian endeavors, Ms. Kidjo also volunteers her time and talents as an Oxfam campaigner.  The three-time Grammy award nominee has earned international respect for her music, which is steeped in the tribal and pop rhythms of her West African heritage and crosses musical and national boundaries by blending a variety of styles.  In her lyrics, Ms. Kidjo has explored the topics of race, environment, homelessness and the need to integrate. Her primary concern is education. Ms. Kidjo has long been actively involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in support of education. In 2007, she established the Batonga Foundation, whose mission is to support both secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa.