Dra Diarra – Angélique Kidjo – Jasper van’t Hof
…It was while studying at the CIM that Angélique met a young Dutch pianist by the name of Jasper van’t Hof, who was to have a great influence on her early career. Van’t Hof was the leader of the innovative German group Pili Pili, who made a name for themselves in the early 80’s playing an eclectic mix of funk, jazz and African rhythms. Angélique Kidjo was perfectly at home with this funky musical fusion and joined the group in 1984 as their lead singer. The young Beninoise singer would accompany Pili Pili on a number of major European tours and establish an excellent reputation for herself on the European music scene, especially in Germany where the name Angélique Kidjo became synonymous with Afro-funk… For more details click here.