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Angelique Kidjo Q&A's with billboard on recording the songs of Celia Cruz

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"As an African girl, when I first heard Celia Cruz sing 'Quimbara,' it just struck a chord," Angélique Kidjo tells Billboard of the salsa classic that Cruz recorded with Johnny Pacheco for the 1974 album Celia & Johnny. "Everybody knows that salsa is a very male-dominated business," Kidjo adds. "And in that business with a very male mentality, a female artist is hard to find. So here comes Celia, and she just settled it. She said, 'Well, if you guys can do it so can I.' And that song 'Quimbara' is a very strong statement of what you can do as a woman -- you can take it to another level.  From the first time I heard it, I heard Africa in it. I just felt it in my gut."     PHOTO: Laurent Seroussi

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