Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo to tour

Renowned five-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo is set to embark on a tour spanning Australia and New Zealand, commemorating her four-decade career in the music industry.

The tour, organised in collaboration with the Adelaide Festival, will kick off at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne on March 5, 2024.

Kidjo, originally from Benin and currently residing in New York City and Paris, will perform selections from her latest album, “Mother Nature,” along with tracks from her extensive back-catalogue.

The album addresses racial inequity and the climate crisis, combining personal and political themes into an optimistic musical expression.

With performances scheduled in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, and Adelaide, Kidjo’s tour is expected to draw on her diverse musical influences, blending West African traditions with American R&B, funk, and modal jazz.

Angélique Kidjo

Supporting Kidjo in Melbourne is Clint Bracknell, a Noongar musician known by the stage name Maatakitj and a Professor of Music at the University of Western Australia.

Kidjo’s latest album features collaborations with artists from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and the United States, addressing historical and contemporary events such as the Nigerian youth-led movement against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the American Declaration of Independence, Black Lives Matter protests, and Benin’s 60th independence anniversary.

Beyond her musical accomplishments, Kidjo is recognised as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and The Guardian’s Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world. She serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and was awarded the prestigious 2023 Polar Music Prize.

In 2006, she founded Batonga, a foundation supporting the education of young girls in Africa, with current outreach extending to over 8,000 individuals in Benin and recently expanded to Senegal.

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