“Africa’s premier diva” (TIME Magazine), Angélique Kidjo returns to the Caramoor stage, now with a fifth Grammy Award under her belt! Dance the night away as Kidjo and her band performs music from her childhood home of Benin mixed with the West African traditions with elements of R&B, funk, and jazz.
For those who prefer a more casual concert environment, Garden Listening tickets are $20, and are free for Members and children under 18 years old. Listen to the concert broadcast onto Friends Field (audio only) while enjoying a picnic, admiring a starry sky, or relaxing with the family. We recommend you bring your own seating for Garden Listening.
Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with 16 albums to her name. Time Magazine has called her “Africa’s premier diva” and named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2021. She is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award, and the 2018 German Sustainability 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. Kidjo 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.
On her latest album, Mother Nature, which won a 2022 Grammy Award for “Best Global Music Album,” Kidjo joins forces with many of her musical progeny, including some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop, and alt-R&B. The result is a truly visionary body of work, rooted in a deep understanding of musical tradition yet endlessly forward-thinking and inventive. Mother Nature fulfills a promise Kidjo made upon accepting her 2020 Grammy Award: “The new generation of artists coming from Africa are going to take you by storm, and the time has come.”
Kidjo’s Grammy-Award winning 2019 album Celia pays tribute to the celebrated singer Celia Cruz, delving deep into the influence of African music on the music of Cuba. And in Kidjo’s 2018 interpretation of The Talking Heads’ 1980s album, Remain in Light, she injects the group’s classic songs with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals.
Among many other awards, Kidjo received a Grammy for “Best World Music Album” for her 2015 album, Eve, and another Grammy the following year for her historic, orchestral album Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (Savoy/429 Records). Kidjo went 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.
Kidjo also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill Ambassador. She has created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa.
To learn more about Anjelique Kidjo, please visit her website.
“With a nearly four-decade career, Angélique Kidjo is a towering figure of cross-cultural music. Her work, which extends from Afrobeat and jazz to Afro-pop and world fusion, grows only more inclusive and curious with time.”
— The New Yorker
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