Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo

Summer Series
Angélique Kidjo

Date & Price

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Open Air Theatre


Tickets

Reserved Seating: $39-$59

Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium Members, and Innovators: $34-$54

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission. Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

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Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk, and jazz—as well as influences from Europe and Latin America—in her remarkable sound. One of the greatest artists in international music today, Kidjo is a creative force with 16 albums to her name. The BBC has 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. Forbes Magazine has ranked Kidjo as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award, the 2018 German Sustainability Award, the 2023 Vilcek Prize in Music, and the 2023 Polar Music Prize.

Kidjo has performed her genre-bending work 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 US debut to a sold-out concert with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015. In 2019, Kidjo helped Glass premiere his latest work, Symphony #12 “Lodger,” a symphonic re-imaging of the David Bowie album of the same name, at a sold-out performance at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  

Kidjo also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill Ambassador. At the G7 Summit in 2019, President Macron of France named Kidjo as the spokesperson for the AFAWA initiative (Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa) to help close the financing gap for women entrepreneurs in Africa. She has also created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa.