Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo

At the Rio Theatre $55/Gold Circle, $40/General Admission No Comps Sponsored by Lighthouse Bank “Africa’s premiere diva. – Time Magazine Angélique Kidjo has a tremendous voice — bold, energetic, clear — and equally strong social commitment. A true transnational artist, Kidjo’s African roots reflect brightly throughout her music. Heavily influenced by South African legend Miriam Makeba, Kidjo also absorbed the influences of the American popular artists from her youth, such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. In the ’80s, she was among a new wave of African performers blending the pop music influences of the West with traditional African forms. The creative result was a revitalized world music, both entertaining and socially conscious. Her latest recording, Eve, exhibits her pride and love for her native country Benin, located in West Africa. Eve itself is an album named after her mother, and dedicated to the women of Africa, specifically the experience of being an African woman. Dance space available! www.kidjo.com Please stop by the Imagine No Malaria table at the concert to learn more how you can help!...
Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo

SOLD OUT! Sunday, November 18, 7:30 PM Angelique Kidjo At the Rio Theatre $30/General Admission No Jazztix or Comps Doors: 6:30 PM Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank Media Sponsors Good Times Santa Cruz & KUSP 89.3 FM “A wildly intoxicating musical brew.” – MOJO Vocalist Angélique Kidjo is a bona fide world music superstar, whose highly personal mix of styles combines powerful West African grooves, raw American R&B, driving samba beats, and sophisticated jazz harmonies. The BBC has included the Grammy winner in its list of Africa’s 50 most iconic figures. A riveting performer, “[Kidjo’s] supercharged pipes have never sounded better, her irresistible energy and joie de vivre never more palpable” (Los Angeles Times). Her live shows are upbeat, energizing and known to have the crowd on their feet and dancing before the end of the first song. Dance space available! www.kidjo.com  ...