FirstWorks to present cross-cultural music icon Angelique Kidjo at The Vets on February 13

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Providence, RI –– Community members are invited to attend and media are invited to cover a radiant concert by Angélique Kidjo on February 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at The VETS. FirstWorks welcomes four-time Grammy Award-winning Kidjo back to Providence for a concert featuring the high-octane acts that have cemented her place on the international stage. Praised as “the first diva of Africa” by Time Magazine, Angélique Kidjo is recognized around the world for her singular and extraordinary voice and her diverse influences, ranging from afropop to gospel, from Congolese rumba to rhythm and blues. Using joy and pride as transcendent tools of empowerment, she will share limitless creative classics as well as new music from her recently released album, “Mother Nature”.

“Mother Nature” was written and recorded in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the album focuses on pressing topics of environmental conservation and human rights. The result is a truly visionary work, rooted in a deep understanding of musical tradition but infinitely avant-garde and inventive. The album was recently nominated for “World’s Best Music Album” at the upcoming 64th Grammy® Awards.

“Without nature, we don’t exist – it feeds us, it feeds us, and it does so without any judgment,” Kidjo explained. “And even if nature is attacked by our industries, it is always so generous. “

“FirstWorks is proud to connect audiences with iconic performers on stage indoors. The exhilaration of a performance of Angelique Kidjo is unmatched – it’s one of those shows you’ll remember for a lifetime, ”said Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director of FirstWorks. “We applauded Angelique for her tremendous achievements singing at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, hailed as ‘THE QUEEN’ by Apple Music, and her recent sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.”

Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 13, 2022 VETS show cost between $ 39 and $ 69 (including a $ 4 VETS dining fee) and are available now at http://firstworks.org.

Kidjo will be staying in Providence for a FirstWorks education residency which will include a creative conversation at Mt. Pleasant High School. Schools interested in partnering with FirstWorks Education can contact FirstWorks Education Director Jamil Jorge at 401-421-4278 or [email protected] for more information.

This program is made possible in part by support from the Providence Tourism Council and FirstWorks Earth First supporters: National Grid Foundation, CDQ Charitable Trust and Nordson Corporation Foundation.

About Angélique Kidjo

Four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2021. The BBC included her in its list of the continent’s 50 Most Iconic People, and in 2011, The Guardian ranked her among the 100 Women most inspiring in the world. Forbes magazine ranked Angelique as the first woman on its list of Africa’s Most Powerful Celebrities. She recently received the prestigious Crystal Award 2015 from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award and the German Sustainability Award 2018.

As a performer, her striking voice, her stage presence and her mastery of several cultures and languages ​​have earned the respect of her peers and widened her audience beyond national borders. Kidjo crossed the West African traditions of his childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. For more information on Angélique Kidjo, visit: http://www.kidjo.com


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