Angélique Kidjo, the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter from Bénin, experienced the difficulties of being a woman in the music industry firsthand. She's channeled her international success into activism by campaigning for girls' education in Africa.
On what would have been his 70th birthday, we ask: How did Bob Marley become Bob Marley? "He was the hero of the youth when I grew up in Benin," says singer Angelique Kidjo. "The day he died all the schools closed."
Many listeners wrote in after last week's conversation with singer Angelique Kidjo about music on her iPod. One song stood out for listeners as a memory from their past, but it had a different title. The World's Marco Werman tries to crack the case.
PRI's The World talks with Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo about her honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music and with legendary West African record producer Ibrahim Sylla about the differences between West African pop music and 'world music.'