Benin Singer Angelique Kidjo Wins 2023 Polar Music Prize

Benin singer Angelique Kidjo received the 2023 Polar Music Awards on Tuesday alongside British founder Chris Blackwell. island recordEstonian composer Arvo Part.

Organizers of the Polar Music Awards in Sweden described the multilingual singer as “one of the greatest singer-songwriters in international music”.

A five-time Grammy Award winner, she sings in her native languages, Fon and Yoruba, as well as French and English.

Named “Africa’s Best Diva” by Time magazine, Kidjo is best known for her hits “Agolo” and “We We”.

Blackwell founded the Island Records label in Jamaica and signed legendary stars such as Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, U2 and Roxy Music.

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Estonia’s Arvo Part, described by the jury as ‘the most performed living composer in the world’, was praised for his ‘unique compositional technique, Tintinaburi’, which he invented in the 1970s.

Founded in 1989 by former ABBA manager Stig Anderson, the Music Prize will award 600,000 kroner ($58,000) to the winners at an awards ceremony in Stockholm on May 23rd. Last year, the Polar Music Prize honored Iggy Pop and American songwriter Diane Warren.

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