Rhapsody in Black

Angélique Kidjo is a voice for social justice

Angélique Kidjo 

Rhapsody in Black - Angélique Kidjo


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May 25, 2023

Angélique Kidjo is a powerhouse of African music and a voice for social justice. Born in Benin, she embraces diverse influences, from traditional African rhythms to blues, rock and soul. Her artistry transcends borders, captivating hearts globally. She’s a relentless advocate for education, especially for women and girls.

Musical selections from Angélique Kidjo


From Angélique Kidjo’s website: “Kidjo joined forces with Afropop singer Yemi Alade for this glorious anthem inspired by the youth-led movement to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, aka SARS, an infamously corrupt unit in the Nigerian Police Force.”

Do Yourself

Kidjo said in an interview with Pitchfork, “With Burna Boy, we have written the anthem for a new Africa—laced with modernity, beauty, and energy. We revere Africa because she is the birthplace of all humanity. We won’t let her fall apart. We know she is strong, like metal and steel. A long time ago, we learned that if you want Africa to change, you have to do it yourself!”

Africa, One Of A Kind

Africa, One of a Kind is devoted to her motherland, Africa. It is a fusion of three languages: Bambara, English (Nigerian Pidgin) and Yoruba. The song features Mr. Eazi and Salif Keita.


Host: Vernon Neal

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Additional music selections: Jeffrey Yelverton

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher