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Angelique Kidjo delivers urgent, resonant joy to California Plaza
Angelique Kidjo delivers urgent, resonant joy to California Plaza

Midway through Angelique Kidjo's joyous, insistent concert as part of the annual Grand Performances series in downtown Los Angeles, the Benin-born singer and bandleader paused to address the thousands surrounding her.  Speaking into a microphone that she described as her "weapon of mass loving," one that had already delivered typically powerful singing through a handful of songs, she urged the thousands in attendance to educate themselves on the plight of the African woman.  "We could transform Africa for real if we could educate our women," she said with an unwavering voice as convincing as it was true -- a tone that remained consistent on Friday...

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