2012 Event Media Release - Angelique Kidjo
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Tuesday 24 January, 2012
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH
BLUESFEST TOURING PRESENTS
WITH SPECIAL GUEST KEB’ MO’
2 APRIL 2012
‘Most artists talk about doing good; few go out and do it. Angelique Kidjo is one of them.’
This April one of the greatest forces in African music ANGELIQUE KIDJO returns to Sydney Opera House along with the multi-Grammy Award-winning American blues singer/guitarist and songwriter, KEB’ MO’ in his first Australian tour with full band.
Angelique Kidjo has done more to popularise African music than any other contemporary. Fusing Afro-funk, salsa, reggae, gospel, jazz and more with shades of classic American rock, pop and soul, her booming voice and infectious, joyous stage presence make it impossible to stand still.
Speaking of the narrative style of her music, Kidjo has said, ‘When your history is not written, you count on storytellers and traditional singers in Africa to tell you who you are, what your family’s about and what is going on in your society. This is what I do with my music, because I am a witness of my time.’
Not only an amazing songstress and storyteller, she has an amazing story herself. Having grown up in the West African state of Benin and being forced into exile to avoid imprisonment, this Grammy-award-winning artist still bears witness to her African roots.
Her fierce advocacy of humanitarianism and women's rights, prompted Time Magazine to call her ‘Africa's premier diva’ and The Guardian to list her in their 2011 feature, Top 100 Women. Angelique Kidjo’s campaigning for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, as well as her own organization, Batonga Foundation, which provides African girls with an education, will go down in the annals of history.
Kidjo’s 2010 album Oyo, features John Legend, Bono and Dianne Reeves, and is deeply introspective, reflecting on the events that have brought her to this point. She has previously recorded with artists including Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel and Ziggy Marley.
Angelique's Special Guest Keb’ Mo’ is a mesmerising performer with a rich, distinctive, smoky voice. His music has long been regarded as a living link to the seminal Delta blues, and though his roots are in the Deep South, his success has spread worldwide. Keb’ Mo’ is one of those performers who have taken the blues beyond its traditional audience; with his wide-ranging, appealing music and infectious performances and for the very first time he will be touring Australia with a full band.
Meera Hindocha, Senior Publicist
T. 02 9250 7834 / E. firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
Tickets go on sale from 30 January 2012.
For more MEDIA information about Blues Fest or Angelique Kidjo’s national touring schedule, contact:
Lionel Midford (email@example.com / 02 9328 6702 / 0414 774 962)
Dates: 2 April 2012
Venue: Concert Hall
Tickets: From $49
Bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 7777
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