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Angelique Kidjo performed in favour of the Bulgarian children

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SOFIA, Bulgaria - October 21, 2010 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo performed last night in favour of the Bulgarian children.

Angelique invaded the stage with an endless energy and enthusiasm, dancing in the rhythm of her fiery African custom. The singer performed a magic cocktail of afro-beat, funk, soul, jazz with ethno elements. She rose up the public to dance and sing with her on the stage of Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture.

As from 2002, Angelique Kidjo has become one of the most active and committed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors. She gives wholehearted support to all of the organisation's campaigns and missions and disseminates its ideas around the world.

Angelique dedicated her concert to UNICEF Bulgaria's project "A family for every child" and sent her message to the audience: "Thank you for coming tonight to support UNICEF and the Bulgarian children. You cannot help the others if you don't help yourselves and your children in Bulgaria, who grow up without love and family."

Angelique reminded that there is nothing more valuable than a smile of a child. "Smile is an universal human right! If you ever see a child which has no smile on his/her face,  you should do your best to bring it back to him/her!"

'Africa's premier diva' enchanted the Bulgarian public with charisma and a huge artistic potential. Her strong and energetic beat patterns are rooted in the tradition of her native country Benin. Angelique performed some of her most popular songs from The "Djin Djin" record and her latest album "Oyo" which  came out in January 2010.

Oyo also spans a rich musical spectrum of soul, R&B and jazz to traditional Beninese chants. It includes several cover versions by American songwriters and musicians, such as Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield, Samba Pa Ti by Carlos Santana, Cold Sweat by James Brown, and I Got Dreams to Remember by Otis Redding. John Legend, Ray Hargrove and Bono of U2 also perform on the record.

Angelique Kidjo visited Bulgaria at the invitation of the Meet the World Festival, with the support of the French Cultural Institute.

Press release in Bulgarian

 

 
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