Angelique Kidjo has been hailed as Africa's premier diva.
She is known for the passion in her voice and her fierce determination to help African girls fulfil their potential.
Three decades ago she had to leave her continent to become an international star.
She tells Stephen Sackur about the criticism she directed at Robert Mugabe's government while she performed in Zimbabwe in 2006.
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Tuesday 21 August at 03:30, 08:30, 15:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel at 04:30 BST on Tuesday 21s August 2012 and 00:30 BST on Wednesday 22 August 2012
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