“There is no humanity without music”, Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter

In this edition of Interview, Angélique Kidjo is with us, and we are at the opening ceremony of Expo 2020. It is the first time it has been held in the Middle East, Africa and Asia region. What does this mean?

Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter:

“I think it was about time it was done here. For a long time, the capacity of African and Middle Eastern countries to carry out these types of events was there. __And for African countries, being all here is also the beginning of a new era because Africa is on the move, it is rising. A lot is happening in Africa and I am happy to see that this Expo takes that into account, and goes on and sees the world as it expands. “.

Jane Witherspoon, Euronews: One of the themes is connecting minds. What does that mean for you personally and for Africa?

Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter:

“Connecting minds is basically what I’ve been doing since I started singing. I started to build, to try to build cultural bridges through my music, through collaboration … and because since I was a child I have felt that yes. you do not know something, you are always wrong. If you are informed when you speak, whatever you do, you think about it differently. And I have been traveling all over the world and I have realized that we are not so different from each other because all people on this earth are born to a father and a mother. No matter what skin you have … the needs we have and the dreams we have for our children are the same all over the world. It has no language, no color, no nationality. And for me, my music is what it is and we have to connect the word, the world and the mind in the future. We must take that into account to treat everyone equally, without judging and putting the standards of wealth before the minds and creativity of people “.

Jane Witherspoon, Euronews: There are 192 countries gathered in Dubai for this Expo. And I think now more than ever, we need this after the last two years the world has lived through.

Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter:

“I think after the pandemic, during the pandemic we began to realize that we are not alone. That we cannot live alone. It took a virus to remind us that, for our sake and for our future together, we need to live together. It doesn’t matter. Where we live, we are connected. And we are also realizing that together we are stronger. Together we can tackle the main problems we have. And today climate change is also coming. It is becoming a reality. It is no longer poor countries those who suffer from climate change … that nobody wants to talk about, that nobody wants to see. Now they are all. It has affected Germany, the United States and Europe in general. And this is only the beginning “.

Jane Witherspoon, Euronews: Another of the topics where she is an enthusiastic activist is the education of women and girls. Why is it so important to you and what still needs to be done?

Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter:

“Well, after being appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2002, the first question I asked myself was, ‘What does it mean to be a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador? And I said to myself, I’m not good at small talk or shake hands with politicians, because I always open my mouth and get in trouble. So they said, ‘What do you want to do?’ I said: ‘women’s empowerment, girls’ education, boys ‘education.’ And when we started, I realized from the first trip I made to Tanzania that women and girls from all over Africa are the ones who sustain society. . I always say that African women are the backbone of that continent, and that is true everywhere. Without women, what would society be like? We cannot go on like this. Actually, we cannot afford to leave 50%, more than Set aside 50% of the world’s population and think that society is going to work. And I realized that by empowering girls through education, sometimes it’s not education that they need. What they need is funding. for business. You see the domino effect in three months. They create jobs. Life is better. They start saving money for their children’s school, the future children they will have. Their family and community. To fight poverty. To tackle most of the problems that we are s talking “.

Jane Witherspoon, Euronews: You have had a formidable career. Music is obviously your first love and you have won many awards, Grammy Awards … What do those awards mean to you?

Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter:

“It’s a responsibility. It means that I have to work harder and that I’m probably on the right track by using my voice for the sake of our humanity. __I sit here and every part of my body is everywhere, because I always say, ‘ If someone is suffering somewhere, I am suffering. ‘If people cannot eat, if children keep going to bed without eating, it is a shame for everyone. There is enough food on this planet for us to feed everyone. We waste so much food that We should be ashamed of not being aware of the fact that there are people, as we speak, who have not eaten today. And those things are a constant concern for me, every day, because I know we have the solutions. I know we can change it. Here we are , connecting minds, creating the future. We cannot connect the mind, we cannot create a future if our children are sick. No child goes to school with an empty belly and understands something … They are very simple things. them that we have not been able to provide “.

Jane Witherspoon, Euronews: Said she used her music to build cultural bridges. Why are the arts and music in particular so important to society and so universal?

Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter:

“Well, let’s see … the beginning of this pandemic. What happened? People came out to the windows, singing and cheering for the health workers. Because music is a universal language and I have been in an environment in which I have worked with orchestras where no two people speak the same language. And from the moment we leave words and start using music, we all speak the same language. And there is no humanity without music. Because before we started speaking, those who preceded us, before the homosapiens, brought transformation and nature gave them food. The noise gave them the meaning of music and words. Music is something that is in the DNA of each one of us “.

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“There is no humanity without music”, Angélique Kidjo, singer and songwriter

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