One of the greatest forces
Providence International Arts Festival
June 13, 2015, 9 PM – FirstWorks Plaza Stage
“I like to tell people that if you don’t know Angélique, you haven’t lived because there’s not one person who would be in her presence and not be changed” -Alicia Keys
World-music powerhouse and the “undisputed Queen of African Music” Angélique Kidjo is not only a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, but also an outspoken humanitarian activist. Named one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by The Guardian, Kidjo is a creative energy with 12 international albums to her name. Her latest album, “Eve”, combines both sides of her work into a 13-track set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions dedicated to the beauty and resilience of African women. This global pop star has collaborated with artists as diverse as Carlos Santana, Bono, John Legend, Josh Groban, Philip Glass, Peter Gabriel, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove and Alicia Keys
Kidjo’s concerts are joyous and exuberant. With a richly powerful voice, commanding stage presence and a dramatic past, Kidjo’s music grips audiences and leaves them calling for more. Her FirstWorks On the Plaza concert at PIAF is essential for anyone interested in the way music can shape and be shaped by history.