Angelique Kidjo, Sunday, November 18, 2012

Angelique Kidjo
Sunday, November 18, 2012
At the Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA

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“Africa’s premier diva.” – Time Magazine

The first woman to be listed in Forbes Magazines’ “Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa,” Angelique Kidjo has blazed a trail from her native Benin in West Africa to the global stage, where she has become renowned for her performances and her special mélange of music. The Grammy-winning singer combines her African musical heritage with Caribbean, European and American influences along with high-energy vocals in a variety of languages, such as Fon, French, Yoruba and English.  A longtime UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Kidjo is also at the forefront for positive change across the globe, especially on the African continent.

The daughter of an actress, dancer, and theatrical producer, Kidjo was born in Quidah, a coastal city in the West African country of Benin. Inheriting her mother’s love of performing, she made her stage debut with her mother’s theatrical troupe.  Doubly inspired by the rock, pop, and soul music of Jimi HendrixSantanaMiriam MakebaJames Brown and Aretha Franklin, she was singing professionally by age twenty. Since the release of her self-produced debut solo album, 1988’s Pretty, Kidjo has been embraced by the international press and fans across the globe. Her subsequent albums have been strengthened by contributions from top-notch guest producers and musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Carlos Santana.

Kidjo’s most recent studio release, 2010’s Oyo was another well-received benchmark in her career.  The album has her reaching beyond her homeland of Benin and digging into the rhythm, blues, jazz and funk that influenced her while growing up.  She covers classic songs by James Brown, Otis Redding and Miriam Makeba, while adding to her impressive roster of guest musicians with the likes Bono, John Legend and Dianne Reeves.

Time Magazine has deemed Angelique Kidjo “Africa’s premier diva”, and the moniker speaks accurately to the career and life she has forged.  Like Makeba before her, Kidjo is now the continent’s most internationally celebrated female musical exponent.  Despite her everlasting ties to the continent, Kidjo has lived outside Africa for more than two decades, first in Paris, then the United States. She currently resides in New York City, where she is an active member of the local music scene and philanthropic programs.

Angelique Kidjo

DATE: Sunday, November 18, 2012
LOCATION: Rio Theatre
ADDRESS: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
TIME: 7:30 PM
TICKETS:  $30/General Admission (tax and service charge not included)
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Stephanie Bauman
(212) 707-2912

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