World music legend Angelique Kidjo will appear June 20 at Grand Performances, the free music series at Downtown L.A.’s California Plaza. The show starts at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the show, and we'll be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel.
Born in Benin, the Grammy-winning Kidjo has been called “the undisputed queen of African music” by the Daily Telegraph, while NPR calls her “Africa’s greatest living diva.” On albums like 2014’s EVE, which is dedicated to the women of Africa, Kidjo blends influences from around the world, from Afropop and Carribena zouk to the soul and funk of American artists like James Brown, Nina Simone and Jimi Hendrix (the latter of whom she’s covered, singing Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”). Kidjo has collaborated with everyone from Alicia Keys to Philip Glass. She sings and speaks in four languages (Fon, French, Yoruba and English) and uses Benin’s traditional Zilin vocal technique, as well as jazz vocalese (a style similar to scatting, improvising by singing lyrics rather than scat syllables to pre-existing instrumentals).