Benin Republic multi-award winning singer and songwriter, Angelique Kidjo, has said that she is especially honoured when award projects on the continent recognise her with awards for music excellence.
The Savoy Records star artiste made this declaration recently in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, during a ceremony where she was presented with two trophies for Best Female Artiste West Africa and Best African Contemporary at the 2014 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, held last December.
The AFRIMA trophies were presented to the legendary African singer by the Republic of Benin Minister of Culture, Monsieur Jean-Michel Abimbola, while AFRIMA Country Director, Republic of Benin, Monsieur Richmir Totah represented the International Committee of AFRIMA at the event witnessed by Angelique Kidjo’s family members and held in the Ministry of Culture, Republic du Benin.
“I have received a lot of awards and trophies in my career, but I am honoured and proud when it comes from my fellow Africans who recognise my merits and award me these prestigious trophies. Thank you to AFRIMA,” said elated Kidjo while clutching her trophies with delight.
Kidjo’s ever evolving legacy as a music force on Africa has also earned her two Grammy Awards with the latest won at the recently held 2015 Grammy Awards.
Music pundits around the world have also hailed her 2014 release titled Eve. The 13-track album won her the AFRIMA trophies and the 2015 Grammy Award.
The choice of Eve and Shango Wa, a track off the album, by the AFRIMA jury and Academy of Voters for nominations in their respective categories and eventual winners as decided by the voting public and the AFRIMA Academy of Voters, attests to the excellent artistic criteria and standards for assessing musical works that are part of the AFRIMA adjudication process.
The AFRIMA award was hosted by Nigeria’s international music star, 2Face Idibia and co-hosted by Maryse Acotie, bilingual radio and TV personality from Togo.