Over the last four decades, multiple Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo has cemented her status as one of the most singular and extraordinary voices in international music, inspiring countless artists with her ingenuity, eclecticism and boundless creative spirit. She is renowned for her collaborations with diverse artists from Philip Glass to Ziggy Marley, Santana to Vampire Weekend, Burna Boy to Sting. Now the queen of world music is heading to Perth as part of her Mother Nature tour.
Mother Nature is a stunning album that confronts pressing issues like racial inequity and the climate crisis, proving the longtime activist’s rare power to transform complex subject matter into music that’s radiantly joyful.
Touring Australia with Noongar support band Maatakitj, don't miss Angelique Kidjo's powerhouse voice, hypnotic stage presence and songs from the stunning Mother Nature alongside selections celebrating her 40-year career as one of Africa’s best-known artists.
Four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with 13 albums to her name. Time Magazine has called her ‘Africa's premier diva’. The BBC has included her in its list of the continent's 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. Forbes Magazine has ranked Angélique as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award.
As a performer, 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. Angélique has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.
Angélique’s star-studded album DJIN DJIN won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Album in 2008, and her album OYO was nominated for the same award in 2011. In January 2014 Angélique’s first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins) and her 12th album, EVE (Savoy/429 Records), were released to critical acclaim. EVE later went on to win the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2015, and her historic, orchestral album Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (Savoy/429 Records) won a Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2016.
Angélique has gone on to perform this genre-bending work with several international orchestras and symphonies including the Bruckner Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Philharmonie de Paris. Her collaboration with Philip Glass, IFÉ: Three Yorùbá Songs, made its US debut to a sold-out concert with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015. In addition to performing this new orchestral concert, Angélique continues to tour globally performing the high-energy concert she’s become famous for with her four-piece band.
Angélique also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill Ambassador. She created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa.
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Thu 29 Feb
Show starts 7.30pm Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth / Dyeedyallalup
Eligible for package discount
Latecomers will be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.
- Presented by arrangement with Adelaide Festival
- Fabrice Mabillot