Artists for the Amazon

Angélique Kidjo

The Amazon is considered the most critical land ecosystem on the planet. The amassing of trees in the Amazon is a barrier against climate change. My song, Agolo, means, “Please pay attention.” I wrote this song in 1993. I was talking about the planet, climate change. Climate change is not a fantasy. It is a reality. I care for people, I believe in life. I believe in us as humanity, within our diversity and unity, to be the future, the today and the yesterday. And we have to do that by preserving Mother earth. She nourishes us. She nurtures us. If we don’t take care of Mother Earth, there’s no more humanity. The Amazon and its trees are the heart of Mother Earth.
With joy and passion Angelique embodies the spirit of Africa. Through her music, life and exuberant commitment to advocacy she exemplifies unity, peace and diversity.

Angelique Kidjo has been deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine, and the moniker speaks accurately to the singular career and life she has forged: Like Miriam Makeba was before her, Kidjo is the continent’s most internationally celebrated female musical exponent. And yet, the GRAMMY-winning artist has lived outside Africa for more than two decades. She currently resides in New York City, where she is an exceptionally active member of the music scene, and she reaches people around the world with her recordings, tours and philanthropic work.