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Diva Africa wins the Polar Countries Music Award

(MENAFN- Al-Anbaa) The French-Benine singer Angelique Kidjo won yesterday the International Prize for Music of the Polar Countries, sharing it with the founder of the British production company “Island Records”, Chris Blackwell, and the Estonian composer Arvo Bart.
Kidjo, born in 1960, a month before Benin gained its independence, has been singing for more than 30 years in her father’s and mother’s languages ​​(Fon and Yoruba), and in French and English as well.
The Swedish jury members affirmed that “Kidjo is an inspiration, and is among the best composers and singers in the world.”
The singer, who was previously dubbed “African Diva” by “Time” magazine, after she won five American Grammy Awards.
As for the British, Chris Blackwell, 85, in 1959, he established the “Island Records” company, which became one of the most prominent companies after dealing with Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, and the “Roxy Music” and “U2” bands. The jury indicated that the winner, Arvo Bart, 87, is “the most living composer whose pieces are played in the world,” and is credited with innovating in the seventies of the last century a technique in musical writing, “Tintinapoli”.


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