Multi-award-winning Beninese music legend Angelique Kidjo has develop into solely the third African to win the celebrated Polar Music prize.
The Polar Music Prize which can also be tagged the Nobel Prize of Music is a Swedish worldwide award based in 1989 by Stig Anderson, finest referred to as the supervisor of the Swedish band ABBA, with a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The award is yearly given to at least one up to date musician and one classical musician.
Since its inception, The Polar Music Prize has been awarded to a number of notable musicians together with BB King, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and lots of extra.
Benin Republic’s music legend Angelina KIdjo has develop into the newest recipient of the Polar Music Prize. She was introduced because the 2023 winner alongside Chris Blackwell from the United Kingdom and Arvo Pärt from Estonia
Speaking on the prize, Angelique Kidjo stated:
“To be awarded the Polar Music Prize is humbling. I have no words to say how important this is for me. It comes with a sense of responsibility that is bestowed upon me as an artist to continue to do great work. I will do my best to be a proud recipient of the Prize through my work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, on behalf of the children, and as an ambassador of music, to help create a world in which we can all live in peace.”
Kidjo joins South Africa’s Mariam Makeba who gained in 2002 and Senegalese Youssou N’dour who gained in 2013 as the one African to have gained the Polar Music Prize.