Wikipedia : This day (July 14, 1960 ), in Ouidah, Benin, is born Angelique Kidjo, a Beninoise singer and songwriter.
Angelique Kidjo : 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.
@Facebook : Asked about her seemingly boundless enthusiasm, drive and creativity, she simply laughs and says, Without challenges in life, we get bored. Me, I just always keep in mind what my grandmother used to say, ‘You rest when you die’.
@last.fm : She started singing in her school band Les Sphinx and found success as a teenager with her adaptation of Miriam Makeba’s “Les Trois Z” which played on national radio.