Program Books/Jean Hebrail (he/him)

Jean Hebrail (he/him)

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Grammy Award-winning producer and com­poser Jean Hebrail has been Angélique Kidjo’s life partner and composer since her break­through album Logozo. After earning his a master’s degree in philosophy at the Sorbonne University in France, Hebrail met Kidjo at CIM (Centre D’informations Musicales), a jazz school in Paris, where he was studying bass. He served as Kidjo’s musical director and bass player for many years before focusing on arranging and composing most of her albums. Hebrail has also written many songs used in motion pictures, commercials, and video games. Since 2002, he has been coordinating Kidjo’s charitable work with UNICEF, OXFAM, and other organizations.