World Music Star Angélique Kidjo Special Guest on James Brown Tribute Concert

Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo
On August 13, influential African singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo will join musical director Christian McBride, the James Brown Alumni Band featuring Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, and special guests Aloe Blacc and Bettye LaVette in Get on Up: A James Brown Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Part of the Hollywood Bowl’s 2014 Jazz at the Bowl series, the concert pays homage to James Brown, the award-winning Godfather of Soul.

Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with twelve albums to her name. As a performer, her prominent voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders.

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.

Angelique also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM Goodwill Ambassador. She created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa. Her star-studded album DJIN DJIN won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Album in 2008, and her album OYO was nominated for the same award in 2011.

Angelique Kidjo - Eve
Angelique Kidjo – Eve
In January 2014 Angélique’s first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins), and her twelfth album, Eve (Savoy/429 Records), were released to critical acclaim.

August 13, 2014 at 8 pm
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
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Author: World Music Central News Department

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