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Download a World Cafe performance by Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo did an absolutely fantastic interview and performance session on World Cafe in April, 2014, that you can listen to in its entirety here. Kidjo’s interview and performance featured songs from Eve. The album, dedicated to the women of Africa, included music for her mother whose work in theater inspired Angelique to perform. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Malaika” by Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo did an absolutely fantastic interview and performance session on World Cafe that you can listen to in its entirety here. Kidjo’s new album, Eve is dedicated to the women of Africa, and includes music for her mother whose work in theater inspired Angelique to perform. Angelique also has a new autobiography called Spirit Rising that traces her remarkable life from Benin to Paris where she was signed by Chris Blackwell to Island Records. As fascinating as her story has been up to now, what she is doing today is equally as inspiring. Below, download a haunting and gorgeous version of “Malaika” recorded for World Cafe.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angelique Kidjo at the Prince Theatre, Those Darlins at Boot & Saddle, Our Griffins & Lost In The Trees at Johnny Brenda’s

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Photo courtesy of the artist.
There’s no shortage of musical diversity in town tonight, with some excellent shows touching down on world music, garage rock, alt-country, orchestral pop, and ambient soul. The sensational African musician, singer and songwriter Angelique Kidjo plays the Prince Music Theater tonight. The Grammy award winner is one of the world’s most important and influential African performers. Go here for tickets and information about the show.

Nashville rockers Those Darlins and Diarrhea Planet bring the rock to Boot & Saddle tonight.

Philly’s Our Griffins open for All Tiny Creatures and Lost In The Trees at Johnny Brenda’s. Go here for information.

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Angelique Kidjo playing Prince Music Theater on February 18th

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The sensational African musician, singer and songwriter Angelique Kidjo is playing the Prince Music Theater on February 18th. The Grammy award winner is one of the world’s most important and influential African performers. Since releasing her debut album, Logozo, in 1991, Kidjo has married the heart of African music with R&B, jazz, funk, gospel, and Afropop. Her new album, Eve, continues to showcase her powerful voice and diverse influences. The record features guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Steve Jordan, Philly bassist Christian McBride, Senegalese percussionist Magatte Sow and features guest musicians including Dr. John, Bernie Worrell, Rostamm Btmanglij (Vampire Weekend), and The Kronos Quartet.

(Hear More – Stream Angelique Kidjo’s new album Eve)

Kidjo uses her global success as an activist; she founded the Batonga foundation which funds education for women in Africa, has worked as a UNICEF ambassador, and continues to promote the sounds and storytelling traditional of Beninese culture. Kidjo just published her autobiography, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music. Below, listen to the title song to Eve. Go here for tickets and more information on the show.