A concert brought to you as part of the Ecolife Festival
Angélique Kidjo, three time winner of the Grammy Awards, is today one of the leading international musicians with thirteen original albums under her belt. Time Magazine considers here as “the leading African diva”. She is one of the fifty most emblematic personalities of the African continent, according to the BBC; to Forbes Magazine she is the most influential woman in Africa, while in 2011 The Guardian classed her among the top 100 most inspirational women in the world. Recently in 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, and in 2016 she received the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International.
A true performer, her striking voice, scenic presence and multicultural influences have won her the respect of her peers and transported her music beyond the shores of Africa. Angélique Kidjo has mixed traditional African sounds, captured from her childhood in Bénin, with the rhythms of RnB, funk and jazz, and European and Latino music.
This year, Angélique Kidjo presented her final project, her cover of Remain in Light, an album by the Talking Heads released in 1980. She recorded her version of the album with the superstar producer Jeff Bhasker (who has worked with musical legends such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift). She revisits classics such as "Crosseyed and Painless", "Once in a Lifetime" and "Born Under Punches, mixing them with electronic sounds, African guitars and choirs. Angélique took this new musical adventure on stage during a world tour of theatres and festivals in 2017, including an exceptional performance at the Carnegie Hall and a concert at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in the United States.
Her album Djin Djin won the World’s Best Album in 2008 at the Grammy Awards and her album OYO was nominated for the same prize in 2011. In January 2014, her memoires, entitled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins), and her twelfth album, EVE, were critically acclaimed. She won a second Grammy Award in 2015 for EVE, and her extraordinary symphonic album Sings, recorded with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg, won the Best World Music Album at the Grammys in 2016.
Angélique then continued to produce symphonies with prestigious international orchestras, such as the Bruckner Orchestra, the Scottish National Orchestra and the Philharmonie de Paris. Her collaboration with Philip Glass, IFÉ: Three Yorùbá Songs, led to a sold-out concert in the United States with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015. At the same time as her symphonic concerts, Angélique continues to perform at concerts that have made her renowned across the world, alongside her four musicians. In January 2016, she made her television debut with a show recorded in Austin, Texas.
As a "goodwill" ambassador for UNICEF and OXFAM Angélique Kidjo continues her humanitarian commitment for children around the world. She created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, which works for girls' education in Africa.