Bill Bragin: Ok Kidjo!
September 27, 2011 5:05 PMAngélique Kidjo in ConcertWhere: The Grace Rainey Auditorium at the Met Museum
When: Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m.
There are few artists in the world more charismatic onstage than the Benin-born, Brooklyn-based spitfire, Angélique Kidjo. A true global soul as a musician and activist, Kidjo has collaborated with artists from throughout Africa (Youssou N’dour,Gangbe Brass Band); Cuba (Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuando); Brazil (Carlinhos Brown); Europe (Bono, Peter Gabriel) and the U.S. (Alicia Keys, John Legend, Josh Groban). She serves as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador and founded the Batonga Foundation to promote education for girls in Africa.
This Saturday night, inspired by the recently opened Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition “Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures,“ she performs in an intimate acoustic collaboration at the Met’s Grace Rainey Auditorium with fellow Benin-born musician guitarist Lionel Loueke. Loueke is a brilliant instrumentalist whose unique fusion of West African and jazz styles has been heard in projects with Herbie Hancock, Gretchen Parlato, and his own Gifelma Trio.