Angélique Kidjo

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  • Folk, country and blues
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She's been described as the African Annie Lennox, but that really doesn't do her justice. Emerging from Benin in the ’80s as a powerful force in both pop and feminist politics, Angelique Kidjo draws on a huge range of pan-African influences, cross-pollinated with James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, to feed the driving rhythms of her exuberant, multilingual songs. She's also currently campaigning for secondary education for African girls, and had to be protected by her audience in 2006 when she criticised Mugabe at a concert in Zimbabwe and was nearly pulled off stage. We wouldn't bet on any controversy tonight, but you can be sure of a storming performance from one of Africa's greatest contemporary voices.

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