Angelique Kidjo award ceremony and singing in duo with guitarist Dominic James at French Embassy New York May 11, 2011 filmed by Jon Hammond of HammondCast KYOU Radio
Special appearance also by Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke also originally from Benin and Paris, enjoy!
Beaucoup de félicitations Angélique! Jon Hammond
"FRANCE HONORS MUSICIAN
WITH THE ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS
New York, May 6, 2011—On Wednesday, May 11, Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of France, will confer upon internationally acclaimed artist, Angélique Kidjo, the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters for her musicianship, her dedication to humanitarian causes, and, more generally, for her efforts to further the arts in France and throughout the world.
The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) was created in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as individuals who have contributed to the recognition of French culture in the world. The Order is given out twice annually to only a few hundred people worldwide. Several Americans have received the award, including Paul Auster, Ornette Coleman, Agnes Gund, Marilyn Horne, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Uma Thurman"
special thanks merci beaucoup: Paula Cianci, Judith Walker, Amaury Laporte, sound by Danny Garcia, Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of France 15 minutes http://www.HammondCast.com
Angelique Kidjo, insignia of Officer, Order of Arts and Letters, Paris, Benin France, Africa HammondCast
Angelique Kidjo insignia of Officer Order Arts and Letters Paris Benin France HammondCast africa