Great Barrington, MA:-The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents Grammy Award-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00pm. Hailed as “one of Africa’s most globally successful performers” by Billboard magazine, Kidjo ranks among one of the greatest forces in African music.
“Angélique Kidjo is a fascinating world music sensation and an inspiring female artist. We’re thrilled to bring her to Great Barrington,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “Angélique is a larger than life magnificent personality and worldwide ambassador of music who brings audiences to their feet,” added Mahaiwe Artistic Consultant Arnie Malina. “You will be intoxicated by her voice, her sense of justice, and the great show she puts together.”
With eleven international albums and a Grammy for her 2007 album Djin Djin to her name, few artists have larger global presence than Kidjo. Even at the onset of her career, her second international album Logozo reached the number one position in the World Music Billboard Charts. Since then, Kidjo has released numerous critically acclaimed international albums, sold out prestigious worldwide concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, and been requested for collaborations with various prominent artists. More recently, she was invited to perform at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa alongside Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Shakira.
Born in the West African state of Benin, Kidjo began performing with her mother’s theater troupe at age six, gaining an appreciation for theater and dance at an early age. Growing as an artist, she began singing in school, finding success as a teenager covering works by the legendary Miriam Makeba. Shortly thereafter, she began recording.
In addition to her work as a vocalist, Kidjo is a tireless campaigner for women’s health and education in Africa and serves as a UNICEF Peace Ambassador. Her philanthropic work was recently recognized when the BBC named her as one of 50 African icons. Additionally, The Guardian named Kidjo to their list of 100 most inspiring women in the world.
Kidjo’s latest album Spirit Rising showcases her amid a lineup of special guests that includes Josh Groban, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, and Ezra Koenig
Tickets are $25 to $65, with $15 Mahaiwe ArtSmart tickets available for patrons age 30 and younger. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.