Angelique Kidjo plays one of four U.S. dates in Boulder
Grammy-award winner Angelique Kidjo uses music as a point of connection.Born in Benin, a country in West Africa, she fled from her homeland in the 1980s, due to its communist dictatorship. She has channeled her energy, and her fame, for the greater good: Not only does she focus on sharing a vibe of love and joy through her music, but also, she toils for human rights and actively supports the environment through her foundation, Batonga, as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador and by speaking at conferences and performing at concerts.Friday, June 18, she plays at Boulder Theater- one of only four stops in the United States on her worldwide tour launching her new release, “Oyo.” The Boulder Theater secured a date with her because Denver radio station KBCO supported her single with Bono, and “Boulder audiences have always been supportive and enthusiastic,” said Stephanie Nelson, Boulder Theater’s marketing director.”Oyo” reflects Kidjo’s African roots, while simultaneously stretching across boundaries, races and musical genres. She fuses rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and African sounds by vocally interpreting tunes from Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Otis Redding, Miriam Makeba and Santana, as well as from Hollywood and Bollywood, all of which inspired her as she developed musically. Known for collaborating with musicians such as Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone and more, it’s no surprise that her latest disc includes guest artists John Legend, Bono, Roy Hargrove and Dianne Reeves.Kidjo embodies the definition of uplifting and intoxicating sounds; through her music, she strives to empower people, both far and near.In addition to winning a Grammy for her 2007 release “Djin Djin,” in the contemporary world music category, she has performed for soundtracks (“Blood Diamond” and “Sahara”) and television (such as “Six Feet Under”). Kidjo currently lives in New York City and is Africa’s most internationally celebrated female musical performer.
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