In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, ANGELIQUE KIDJO has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the continent’s women beyond the media spotlight.
The singer is releasing Eve in conjunction with the release of Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music, an autobiography written with Rachel Wenrick and published by Harper Collins. With a foreword by Bishop Desmond Tutu and a preface from Alicia Keys, the book chronicles Kidjo’s rise from a childhood where her voice was censored by the Communist regime to a visionary artist and activist who made her dreams a reality—and how she is inspiring others all around the world to do the same. The telling of Kidjo’s dramatic rise ties in perfectly with the female empowerment themes that make Eve an epic achievement in her career.
“Eve is dedicated to the women of Africa, to their resilience and their beauty,” says Kidjo. “What I discovered along this journey is that these women find joy in being mothers and wives and also in being financially independent, running businesses in markets and finding ways to feed their kids. So let us celebrate the beauty and humanity of women, respect them fully and find no comfort in humiliating them or making them feel inferior. What I enjoyed most about creating Eve was the women giving me the authority and strength to continue speaking about justice, love, empathy and compassion. As an artist, this is all about me inspiring myself and others to find the strength to love and find solutions to our problems. As long as we are strong, we will move forward with dignity.”