Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music

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Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo is known for her electrifying voice and fearless advocacy work. In this intimate memoir, she reveals how she escaped Communist Africa to make her dreams a reality, and how she's prompting others all around the world to reach for theirs as well.

Born in the West African nation of Benin, Angélique Kidjo grew up surrounded by the rich sounds, rhythms, and storytelling of traditional Beninese culture. When the Communists took over, they silenced her dynamic culture and demanded that she sing in praise of them. In Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music, Angélique reveals the details of her dangerous escape into France, and how she rose from poverty to become a Grammy Award–winning artist and an international sensation at the top of Billboard's World Albums chart. She also explains why it's important to give back by sharing stories from her work as a UNICEF ambassador and as founder of the Batonga Foundation, which gives African girls access to education.

Desmond Tutu has contributed the foreword to this remarkable volume; Alicia Keys has provided an introduction. Her eloquent, inspiring narrative is paired with more than one hundred colorful photographs documenting Angélique's life and experiences, as well as a sampling of recipes that has sustained her on her remarkable odyssey.

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Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning musician, a UNICEF ambassador, and the founder of the Batonga Foundation, which gives African girls access to education. She has collaborated with artists including Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, and Joss Stone, and has been praised by leading political figures such as Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu.



Rachel Wenrick received an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Drexel University.

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A Grammy Award–winning singer, Benin-born Kidjo is celebrated for her deep appreciation of world cultures represented in her music and her abiding sense of justice. In a memoir as vivacious as she is, Kidjo recounts her journey from the western African nation to international stardom. She was thrust into the music business at the age of six, when her mother pushed her onstage to substitute for a sick performer. Kidjo’s music was heavily influenced by Miriam Makeba and Aretha Franklin as well as a growing awareness of racial injustice in the U.S., South Africa, and her own country, then under a Communist regime. She fled to Paris rather than succumb to censorship and began an international career that brought her in contact with artists from James Brown to Harry Belafonte, from Carlos Santana to Alicia Keys. Kidjo writes beautifully of the spirituality of singing, the public giving of self to the audience, and the intimate opening of the self to the spirit. Photographs enhance this chronicle of the life of a vibrant singer and activist. --Vanessa Bush

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