|Angelique Kidjo with Keb Mo - Sydney
Sydney Opera House- Concert Hall
|Mon 02 Apr 2012 - 01:00am to 02:00am
|Angelique Kidjo - Melbourne
Melbourne Recital Centre
|Thu 05 Apr 2012 - 08:00am to 10:00am
“Her spirit is irrepressible, and she brings life to everything she touches” – Peter Gabriel
2012 will see the one of the greatest forces in African music ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO return to Australian shores.
ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO has an undeniable creative energy that is evident across her eleven international albums. Her most recent release, 2010’s Oyo is no exception, featuring John Legend, Bono and Dianne Reeves, it is a deeply introspective, reflecting on the events that have brought her to this point.
“Without music I don’t think I would have had the adolescence and the childhood that I had,” she says, recalling that she was just six when she first appeared on stage. ‘Atcha Houn,’ a traditional track of staccato vocals laid over the sparse plucking of a guitar, was the song she sang as a young girl and features on Oyo.
Not only is ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO an amazing songstress and storyteller, she has an amazing story herself. Having grown up in the West African state of Benin and being forced into exile aboard to avoid imprisonment, this Grammy award winning inspiration still bears witness to her African roots.
Her fierce advocacy of humanitarianism and women’s rights, prompted Time Magazine to call her “Africa’s premier diva” and The Guardian to list her in their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. Her friend and mentor Miriam Makeba was a constant source of guidance. “Miriam Makeba was the African role model that I needed...She’s really the person behind my choice of life, of being a singer.”
Makeba’s campaigning against apartheid, cost her right to a South African citizenship and resulted in a 30-year exile. Similarly, ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO’s campaigning for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, as well as her own organization, Batonga Foundation, which provides African girls with an education, will go down in the annals of history.
“When your history is not written, you count on storytellers and traditional singers in Africa to tell you who you are, what your family’s about and what is going on in your society. This is what I do with my music, because I am a witness of my time.”
Her rich and resonating voice coupled with her powerful mastery of language, results in a truly unique sound, but it’s on stage that ANGÉLIQUE really shines - her booming voice and infectious, joyous stage presence will have you dancing in no time. Catch her “wildly intoxicating musical brew” (Mojo Magazine) across Australia this Easter. If you are lucky enough to be in Adelaide ANGÉLIQUE will be supported by the Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist KEB MO for what is sure to be an unforgettable performance.
SPECIAL ADELAIDE SHOW WITH KEB MO
Catch this unforgettable double bill, the “wildly intoxicating musical brew” (Mojo Magazine) that is ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO’s alongside the mesmerising KEB MO.
His music has long been regarded as a living link to the seminal Delta blues, and though his roots are in the Deep South, his success has spread worldwide. KEB MO is one of those performers who have taken the blues beyond its traditional audience, with his wide-ranging, appealing music and infectious performances and for the very first time he will be touring Australia with a full band.
Anyone who has seen KEB MO before will remember his mesmerising performance, his rich, distinctive, smoky voice which spins emotive & passionate stories.