Angélique Kidjo is among the most iconic and respected artists in international music today. “Kidjo's reinterpretations rearrange the molecules of songs that many of us know by heart, says NPR, the results are glorious.” Widely recognized as the “Queen of African Music,” she has collaborated with everyone from Alicia Keys to Bono to Philip Glass. In addition to winning four Grammy Awards for her masterful vocal prowess and innovative explorations of cross-cultural musical genres, she has also proven a tireless advocate for women and children in her native home of Benin and across Africa, serving as both an OXFAM and UNICEF goodwill ambassador. As the New York Times put it, “She sings as the conscience of a community.” In January of 2020, Kidjo received the Grammy Award for “Best World Music Album” for CELIA, a captivating investigation into the African roots of Cuban salsa legend Celia Cruz. The opportunity to see an international star of Kidjo’s magnitude in the intimate setting of the Rialto comes only, in the words of her critically acclaimed tribute to the Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime.”
This is a Rialto Series performance.