This April, one of the greatest forces in African music, Angelique Kidjo, will return to Sydney Opera House on the back of her appearance on the Bluesfest 2012 line-up. She’ll be joined by award-winning American blues singer/guitarist and songwriter, Keb’ Mo’ in his first Australian tour with a 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.
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.
Joining her is Keb’ Mo’, 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.
Angelique Kidjo With Special Guest Keb’ Mo’
Date: 2 April 2012
Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
Tickets: From $49
Bookings: http://sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 7777