Angelique Kidjo

Friday, February 1, 2013 8:00PM
Hill Auditorium

Angelique Kidjo
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Angélique Kidjo
with special guest Meklit Hadero

“I am a witness of my time,” says Angélique Kidjo, a bona fide world music superstar and activist from Benin who makes her UMS debut with this performance. “When your history is not written, you count on traditional singers to tell you who you are and what is going on in your society. That is what I do with my music.” With James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Miriam Makeba, and Carlos Santana credited as influences, she brings a passion to her art that is filled with her amazing spirit and experiences from her life’s incredible journey. Angélique Kidjo is a UNICEF and Oxfam Goodwill Ambassador, has her own charitable organization dedicated to supporting the education of young girls in Africa, and passionately campaigns for women’s health in Africa. In 2011 she performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and concert and was named by The Guardian as one of the Top 100 most inspiring women in the world. A riveting performer, “[Kidjo’s] supercharged pipes have never sounded better, her irresistible energy and joie de vivre never more palpable.” (Los Angeles Times)