Born in Benin (West Africa), Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. Kidjo's internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone, and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she also promotes education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga and travels the world as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.
From humble beginnings Baaba Maal has risen to become one of the world's most powerful performers. His songs convey a message of empowerment, enlightenment and peace against a backdrop of music, which is a mix of both the traditional and contemporary sounds of Senegal and West Africa in general.
The vanguard of the first international Afropop invasion, he makes juju unforgettable. An explosive mixture of thundering grooves, glorious call and response, intricately meshed guitars and the rich eloquence of the talking drum.
A potent cocktail of spiritual Afro-Mandinka music with a twist of jazz composed by a Sekou Keita, a griot and international Kora player with a fantastic musical family pedigree.
Respecting a musical tradition that stretches back to the 13th Century and the Mandinka Empire of West Africa, Seckou is an established contemporary master of the Kora, the 21-stringed African harp. With his feet firmly rooted in the 21st century and the identity of his heritage clear, Seckou is keen to experiment and develop fresh ideas.
'... an inspired exponent of the Kora' (The Guardian).
#JuJu has been created by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara. The band formed out of many months of intensive touring in support of their previous album 'Tell No Lies'. They became more excited by the ecstatic spirit created by their live performances and their new musical identity developed in clubs and festivals around the world. In Spring 2011 they took the new band (JuJu) and the new material into the studio at Real World - channelling trancey rhythms from traditional Africa, leftfield jazz and the wilder end of rock.