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Musicians Occupy Wall Street: Angélique Kidjo 'Talking About A Revolution'

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Angélique Kidjo lends her voice to the Occupy Wall Street movement with her acapella version of Tracy Chapman's "Talking About A Revolution." She is just one among the many musicians who have come out in support of the Occupy movements across the country and the world. Check out Talib Kweli freestyling it up down at the Wall Street occupation itself. And Russell Simmons and Kanye got down with them, too. For all the vids of the musicians and others supporting - check out our Occupy one-stop-shop here - where you can also learn how you can get involved, even if you can't get your (lazy? across the globe? tired? busy? injured?) ass down there.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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