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Angélique Kidjo

Aug 10, Saturday - 4pm
Jay Paul Company Main Stage

Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo hails from the West African nation of Benin. Her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders.  Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021.

With 16 albums to her name, Kidjo has not only explored the African diaspora in her music, but has offered a refreshing and electrifying take on the Talking Heads album Remain In Light, and reflected on celebrated salsa singer Celia Cruz. Kidjo’s albums Djin Djin and Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg have won world music Grammy Awards, and her album Oyo was nominated for the same award in 2011. Her latest album, Mother Nature, which won a Best Global Music Grammy, includes some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop and alt-R&B.

Kidjo’s numerous collaborators have included Bono, John Legend, Jimmy Buffett, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, Philip Glass, Sting and Ziggy Marley.

Kidjo also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill ambassador. Forbes Magazine ranked her as the first woman in its list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She has also created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, that supports the education of young girls in Africa. In January 2014, Kidjo published her first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music.

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With 16 albums to her name, Kidjo has not only explored the African diaspora in her music, but has offered a refreshing and electrifying take on the Talking Heads album Remain In Light, and reflected on celebrated salsa singer Celia Cruz. Kidjo’s albums Djin Djin and Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg have won world music Grammy Awards, and her album Oyo was nominated for the same award in 2011. Her latest album, Mother Nature, which won a Best Global Music Grammy, includes some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop and alt-R&B.

Kidjo’s numerous collaborators have included Bono, John Legend, Jimmy Buffett, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, Philip Glass, Sting and Ziggy Marley.

Kidjo also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill ambassador. Forbes Magazine ranked her as the first woman in its list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She has also created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, that supports the education of young girls in Africa. In January 2014, Kidjo published her first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music.

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Photo by Fabrice Mabillot