After having received an Oscar in March 2014, Luxembourg is now also a Grammy winner, the most important music prize in the world. During the night of 15 February 2016, Angelique Kidjo has been awarded – for the third time – the famous prize in Los Angeles in the category 'Best World Music Album', for the album 'Angelique Kidjo Sings with the Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg'. The latter was entirely produced in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPL) under the direction of Luxembourg composer Gast Waltzing. The album of the African singer from Benin was recorded in 2013 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg.
The African music album 'Angelique Kidjo Sings with the Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg' includes eleven traditional songs of Kidjo's repertoire that have been rearranged and directed by Gast Waltzing. It was released in March 2015 under the 429 Records label. This is however not the first collaboration between Kidjo, the OPL and Waltzing. In 2015, the singer was awarded a Grammy for her album 'Eve to which the OPL and Gast Waltzing had also contributed.
Angelique Kidjo is an African singer from Benin, who is known for her work in the field of pop and jazz. She has worked, among others, with Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana and John Legend. She was awarded several Grammys and other international awards and is also a Goodwill Abassador for UNICEF. She currently lives in New York.
Gast Waltzing is a composer and trumpeter who has teached Luxembourg since 1982 at the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg. He owns a music production company and a composer for film music and music for series. In addition, he has been awarded several national and international awards. Since 2005 he directs the series of concerts called 'Pops at the Phil' at Philharmonie Luxembourg. It is in this context that he collaborated with artists such as Ute Lemper, Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling.
On 21 June 2016, Angelique Kidjo, the OPL and Gast Waltzing can bee seen on stage on the occasion of the Fête de la musique music festival at Place Guillaume II in Luxembourg City. This will be an opportunity to hear, among others, songs from the album that has been awarded a Grammy on the night of 15 February.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)