Angelique Kidjo/Richard Bona
Five-time Grammy Award winner, Angelique KIdjo was named one of 2021’s 100 Most Influential People by TIME magazine for her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages. “Africa’s premier diva” ranked first on the Forbe’s list Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa, and she has crosspollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as European and Latin American influences.
Grammy winner Richard Bona is one of the world’s most accomplished bass players, composers and multiinstrumentalists. He has toured, composed and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Harry Belafonte, Steps Ahead, Quincy Jones, Chick Corea, Buena Vista Social Club, Cesária Évora, Sting, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Chucho Valdés, George Benson, Oumou Sangaré and many more. The Cameroon-born musician’s unique sound and vocal gift represent his African origins, addressing the continent’s traditions, culture, beauty and issues. His purpose and method of connecting with his audience have made him a staple of world, jazz and Afropop music.