“I was always a singer, not a solo[ist], but I was in choirs back home, and that’s where I learned to sing. My mom was also in choir, and it must have felt natural to push me in that direction.” Kelly Bado, U-channel. March 2021Last updated: November 23, 2022
Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa | Manitoba, Canada
Weaving in influences from her African heritage, la chanson française, and American gospel, Kelly Bado’s music crosses cultural barriers to bring people together in joy and hope. Her striking vocals and uplifting melodies were recognized with a 2021 WCMA Francophone and Global Artist of the Year Award. With lyrics inspired by love, celebration and social equality, Kelly is committed to the vision of an inclusive world where we come together as citizens of this vast planetary village - each contributing our unique strengths to the common experience.