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More than 40 years after the landmark Talking Heads album Remain in Light, Angélique Kidjo gives new life to the original while further illustrating the majestic roots that keep this album in many top 10 playlists to this day. A creative force with a striking voice and stage presence, Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk, and jazz. 

Time magazine has called Kidjo “Africa’s premier diva” while Forbes has ranked her as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. The BBC included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. She is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award.   

Kidjo’s recent albums include Remain in Light (2018), her interpretation of the classic 1980 album by The Talking Heads, and Celia (2019), a tribute to Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Celia won the 2020 Grammy® for Best World Music Album. Other releases include the Grammy®-winning albums Djin Djin (2007), Eve (2014), and Angélique Kidjo Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (2015). Kidjo has performed with several international orchestras and symphonies, including the Bruckner Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Philharmonie de Paris. Her collaboration with Philip Glass, IFÉ: Three Yorùbá Songs, made its U.S. debut to a sold-out concert with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015. Kidjo also continues to tour globally, performing the high-energy concert she’s become famous for with her four-piece band. Her rousing live show was captured at the revered Austin City Limits and made its television debut in January 2016. 

“The audience gives me energy, so I have to give it back. If I kept it, I wouldn’t be able to sleep for two days.” — Angélique Kidjo 


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts | Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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