News January 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

Notable Africans Who Lent Their Voices to Women’s March On Washington

Mark Babatunde January 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

January 25, 2017 at 11:00 am | News

Angelique Kidjo

Photo Credit: Angelique Kidjo

Photo credit: Angelique Kidjo

Fifty-six-year-old, three-time Grammy Award winning singer Angelique Kidjo did not only attend the women’s march, she was one of the organizers and headliners at the Jan. 21 event. The Benin-born Kidjo was dressed for the winter occasion in a colorful African-print material head wrap beloved by African women, a brown winter coat, and a traditional Masai shawl.

The activist and Amnesty International Ambassador performed the song “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke to a crowd of more than 500,000:

 

She also joined other artists present in singing “Ella’s Song,” Her verse in the song included the powerful lines, “I’m a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard/At times I can be quite difficult, I’ll bow to no man’s word.”

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