Angélique Kidjo Celebrate 40 Years of Music

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Published on November 1, 2023

Grammy Award-Winner Angélique Kidjo Returns to Royal Albert Hall for a Legendary Career Celebration

Five Times 5x Grammy Award winner and Africa’s premier diva Angélique Kidjo, graces the iconic Royal Albert Hall for a historic celebration of her illustrious 40-year career. This sensational event, part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime musical extravaganza that will leave you in awe.

Angélique Kidjo, the globally renowned artist known for her exceptional contributions to the world of music, is set to take the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. TIME magazine, recognizing her as ‘Africa’s premier diva,’ listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021, a monument to her ongoing impact on the global stage.

Angélique Kidjo

For this exceptional performance, Kidjo is not alone. She will be accompanied by the Chineke! Orchestra, conducted by the talented Chris Cameron. The lineup of special guests is equally impressive, featuring Grammy-nominated trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour, Afro Dancehall sensation from Ghana, Stonebwoy, and Laura Mvula. But that’s not all – many more surprise guest appearances are yet to be announced, promising an evening of musical surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Part of the magic of this concert is the way it transcends borders and genres. Angélique Kidjo’s music is a fusion of West African traditions from her childhood, enriched with the vibrancy of American R&B, funk, and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. It’s a sonic journey that takes you from the heart of Africa to the global stage, an example of Kidjo’s remarkable ability to bridge cultures and unite people through music.

Kidjo’s career has been marked not only by her artistic brilliance but also her philanthropic efforts. As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, she has used her platform to advocate for the rights and well-being of children around the world, making her not just an artist but a humanitarian force to be reckoned with.

This Royal Albert Hall performance marks Angélique Kidjo’s third appearance at this iconic venue, with previous memorable shows at the 2019 BBC Proms and the 2008 Stars of Africa fundraising concert. Her legacy of collaboration with high-profile artists, including Sting, Philip Glass, Carlos Santana, Burna Boy, Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, and Peter Gabriel, has left an indelible mark on the music industry.

In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to music, Angélique Kidjo was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize this year, further solidifying her place among the musical elite.

The celebration of Angélique Kidjo’s 40-year career at the Royal Albert Hall promises to be a transcendent evening, where music and culture collide, creating an unforgettable experience for fans and newcomers alike. Don’t miss the chance to witness this historical event and be a part of a musical journey that spans continents and decades. Grab your tickets now, and get ready to be swept away by the magic of Angélique Kidjo and her stellar lineup of musical collaborators. This is a night that music lovers will be talking about for years to come.

Angélique Kidjo

Join us at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th of November, 2023 for a celebration of a lifetime. Be a part of this musical history in the making.

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