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World Christmas in Warsaw
December 21, 2012   
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Angelique Kidjo, one of the best and most charismatic female vocalists from Africa, will sing Christmas songs at a concert closing the Christmas season at St. John’s Basilica in the Old Town.

The phenomenal Benin-born performer is no stranger to best-selling albums, rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences. A resident of Paris, she also spends a lot of time in Brooklyn and is a frequent visitor to Africa and the Caribbean. Kidjo has won praise from both critics and audiences for her extraordinary voice and charisma. Her music collaborations include some of the world’s greatest musicians, such as Carlos Santana, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Ziggy Marley, Erykah Badu and Peter Gabriel, who said that “her spirit is irrepressible, and she brings life to everything she touches.”

Kidjo has released 11 albums so far, including Djin Djin (2007), which won her a Grammy in 2008, Oyo (2010), and Spirit Rising (2012), a live recording of a concert she gave in Boston together with several artists she invited to sing with her.

Her compositions ooze power, life and energy. In her younger years, Kidjo used to be fascinated by Jimi Hendrix and apparently, it was his legendary “Hey Joe” that opened Kidjo’s ears to the African roots of music composed in the United States, Brazil and the Caribbean.

Kidjo reaches back to her roots in the way she sings, combining this with a solid dose of American rhythm’n’blues, funk and jazz, all of which can be heard on the Djin Djin album. Warsaw audiences will hear acoustic versions of songs from the album along with Christmas carols.

Other than music, Kidjo feels strongly about her charity work. She is the founder of the Batonga Foundation, which promotes education among African girls. Since 2002, Kidjo has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Angelique Kidjo
Dec. 28, 8 p.m.
St. John’s Basilica
Warsaw, 8 ¦więtojańska St.
Tickets zl.100, available at the venue, www.ebilet.pl and www.eventim.pl
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