Two-time Grammy Award-winning world musician Angelique Kidjo will perform in concert Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts as part of Bucknell University's Commencement weekend festivities.
Kidjo won her second Grammy on Feb. 8 for Eve as the Best World Music Album. Her star-studded 2008 recording Djin Djin won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album and her last studio recording Oyo was nominated in the same category.
In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the continent's women beyond the media spotlight.
Her accolades include a 20-year discography, thousands of concerts around the world and being named "Africa's premier diva" (Time Magazine) and "the undisputed Queen of African Music" (Daily Telegraph).
On Eve, her highly anticipated Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical "mother of all living," the Benin-born singer/songwriter builds on this ever-evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment.
These songs become all the more intimate and emotionally urgent with Kidjo's dynamic collaborations with traditional women's choirs from Kenya and various cities and villages in Benin. The singer and her newfound native vocalists sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages, including Fon (Kidjo's first language), Yoruba, Goun, and Mina.
She says, "My goal is to offer a perspective on Africa that is different from the miserable one so many people seem to accept as fact. My home continent has become a magnet for many negative perceptions about women, and [the new album] Eve is all about showcasing the positivity they bring to their villages, cities, culture and the world."
As a Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF since 2002, Kidjo — named one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by The Guardian — has traveled to many countries in Africa. She has enjoyed a long history of crossover collaborations with greats from the jazz and pop worlds, including Carlos Santana, Bono, John Legend, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove and Alicia Keys.
Kidjo released Eve in conjunction with the release of Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music, an autobiography written with Rachel Wenrick and published by Harper Collins. With a foreword by Bishop Desmond Tutu and a preface from Alicia Keys, the book chronicles Kidjo's rise from a childhood where her voice was censored by the Communist regime to a visionary artist and activist who made her dreams a reality — and how she is inspiring others all around the world to do the same. The telling of Kidjo's dramatic rise ties in perfectly with the female empowerment themes that make Eve an epic achievement in her career.
Tickets Available Friday, March 20
Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 62+, $15 for children under 18, $15 for non-Bucknell college students, $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for Bucknell employees (limit 2). Graduating Bucknell seniors will receive one complimentary ticket to the performance, which must be redeemed through the Campus Box Office.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.
Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at email@example.com.
For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter