Angelique Kidjo Earns Grammys With TELEFUNKEN

Angelique Kidjo is pictured with her TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251 large diaphragm condenser microphone - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Angelique Kidjo is pictured with her TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251 large diaphragm condenser microphone
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Angelique Kidjo, dubbed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine, has earned three Grammys, two for "Best World Music Album" in 2015 and 2016 and a third for "Best Contemporary World Music Album" in 2008. The gifted singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos, is included in the BBC's list of the African continent's 50 most iconic figures. "I discovered the ELA M 251 while working on my album Djin Djin with producer Tony Visconti," Kidjo recalls. "Listening to my singing voice, he told me he knew exactly which microphone would be able to capture the whole range and dynamics of my voice and we rented a 251 during the recording. I was so happy with the results that I decided to have my own, as I record a lot of vocals at home. I picked the one that I fell in love with and this has been the microphone I have used on every recording ever since."

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TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik Product Overview

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is a world-class audio equipment manufacturer located in South Windsor, CT, offering a wide array of products focusing on the highest quality vacuum tube-based condenser microphones and dynamic microphones.

The flagship Diamond Series line offers meticulous reproductions of classic vintage microphones including the ELA M 251, U47, and C12, recreated to exacting details to the originals. The R-F-T Series consists of original circuit designs combining premium components and new old stock vacuum tubes with globally sourced metalwork for cost efficiency, and includes the AR-51, AK-47 MkII, ELA M 260, and CU-29 Copperhead. The Dynamic Series features three unique dynamic microphone designs, the M80, M81, and M82, in a variety of packages to accommodate nearly every need for a dynamic microphone, such as handheld microphones, low-profile versions, and wireless head capsule adapters for use on everything from vocals to drum kits. All of TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's microphones are hand-assembled in CT, USA.

In addition to the expansive microphone line, TELEFUNKEN offers premium vacuum tubes, vintage restoration microphone parts, high quality XLR cables, guitar picks, and several other after-market parts. The product line continues to grow to provide new markets with the quality that TELEFUNKEN is known for.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphones are built to a standard, not a price.

Telefunken Quotes:

"When we put up the new U-47 [and] Billie [Joe Armstrong] heard his playback he fell in love with that mic, and we didn't even tell him what kind it was. All of his vocals for the album [21st Century Breakdown] used that mic."

– Green Day engineer Chris Dugan

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