Angélique Kidjo, a voice of change

Pierre Marie Zimmerman

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Angélique Kidjo is in the kitchen.

It's a frigid winter afternoon in New York, and because Kidjo, the superstar singer and activist from Benin who has lived here two decades, is busy — with rehearsals, a tour, a host of events and interviews for her new album “Eve” and her memoir “Spirit Rising” — she has been cooking too.

She proffers fresh-baked lemon and caramel cakes to the various people who traipse into the ground-floor apartment. She brews espresso. She rebuffs the make-up advice of her husband, musician Jean Hébrail, who emerges from their basement production studio, encouraging her to look her best for an arriving camera crew.

Kidjo, 53, who plays the Somerville Theatre on Sunday, is a multitasker with charisma and strong opinions.

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