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Stunning Vintage Photos Of Iconic Black Women Across The Diaspora On International Women’s Day

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – 21st AUGUST: Benin singer Angelique Kidjo performs live on stage at Parkpop festival in Zuiderpark, The Hague, Netherlands on 21st August 1994. (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)

Angélique Kidjo (July 14, 1960)

Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter and, arguably, one of the most famous and widely lauded contemporary African female musicians. Kidjo’s music spans countless genres, four languages, and a multitude of countries. And off stage, she uses her influence to advocate for the rights of women and girls, specifically with the founding of The Batonga Foundation, which gives girls access to secondary and higher education so they can become Africa’s next leaders.