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Sensational singer, song writer and producer, Angelique Kidjo, will this week join two other firebrand female musicians on African Voices, a magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by telecommunications company, Globacom. Originally Angelique Kpasseloko  Hinto Housinnou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, the 58-year-old native of Benin Republic will be on the show with Sandra Suubi, an artiste and song performer from Uganda, as well as Ria Boss, a neo-soul singer and songwriter based in Accra, Ghana.

Kidjo is renowned for  her diverse musical talents evidenced in her popular songs including Batonga which she performed in 1992; Agolo, 1994 and Wombo Lombo, a blockbuster released  in 1996. She is also an actress who has featured prominently in several movies including The CEO, Mother of George and People I Know.

She won a Grammy Award  for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2008, having earlier received the Mobo Awards in 2002.  Kidjo is a holder of the Commander of the National Order of Benin and the Afropop Hall of Fame given to her in  Cotonou and the United States of America in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Kidjo new release; Celia (Verve/Universal Music France), is an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury.