Tuesday Tune: ‘Batonga’ by Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo was born in Benin in West Africa and her internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Joss Stone and many more. She has won Grammy awards and other countless accolades throughout her career. She will bring her uplifting sounds to McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Kidjo’s victories include a 20-year discography, thousands of concerts around the world and being named “Africa’s premier diva” (Time magazine) and “the undisputed Queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph). She will release her next, and much anticipated, album on Jan. 28.
“‘Eve’ is an album of remembrance of African women I grew up with and a testament to the pride and strength that hide behind the smile that masks everyday troubles,” says Kidjo. “They exuded a positivity and grace in a time of hardship. On this recording I am letting the voices of the women show their beauty to the world. ‘Eve’ is all about showcasing the positivity they bring to their villages, cities, culture and the world.”
To get a taste of Kidjo’s sounds, listen to her sing “Batonga” live below.
Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy; by promoting education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga and as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Kidjo travels the world to inspire and empower.
See her perform at McGlohon Theater Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. Don’t miss it — buy tickets now!