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Soul Sessions: Angélique Kidjo
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is pleased to welcome four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo for our intimate concert series, Soul Sessions. She is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with fourteen albums to her name. Time Magazine has called her “Africa’s premier diva”, and named her one of the most influential people in the world for 2021; The BBC, Forbes Magazine, and The Guardian have all highlighted her importance to the people of the African continent. She is the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award, and the 2018 German Sustainability Award.
As a performer, her striking 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.
Angélique also advocates on behalf of children as a UNICEF and OXFAM Ambassador. She created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa