Filed Under (Beninese culture, General) by Rob on 13-09-2007

Lastnight, Rob had the privilege of meeting Angélique Kidjo, the world-famous singer and musician, who is from Benin. It was at a gathering at the Marina Hotel, Cotonou, and Rob got to go along with a friend who had been invited.

“I greeted her in Fon, which she liked!” says Rob. “Later we chatted a bit about my ethnomusicology work in Benin, which she was interested in. Lovely lady, and she does a lot to support development work in the country. She was a bit shorter than I’d expected, but it was great talking to her.”

As well as being an international star, Angelique Kidjo is involved in much charity work, including being a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and is also on the board of directors of the the Batonga Foundation which works to improve and assist eduction.

Click here to see (and buy!?) her CD’s.

Thanks for coming back to Benin, Angélique – Kud’ azɔ̌!

Other News…

*School is back in full flow. Lois is busy and very tired, but enjoying it (most of the time!)
*Rob’s next workshop is with the Ditammari in northern Benin during the last week of September.
*We’re all in good health at the moment.
*One of the mobile phone networks, Moov, has been reactivated. However, Areeba (who we use) is still not back.
*Internet is back up and running chez nous, which is great, as the cyber café round the corner is a tad pricey!
*This blog is now averaging 1321 hits per day and 52 actual visits. Thanks for yours!
*Rob, Ruth and some others are hoping to go whale-watching on Saturday.
*No more definite visitors for the coming year – would you like to visit??

1 Comment posted on "Rob meets Angélique…"
lau on September 14th, 2007 at 3:29 pm #

i’m so jealous!