Singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo will get back to the Royal Albert Hall on 17 November, 2023 for a festival of her 40-year music career.
The Beninese will be supported on stage by her band as she performs her greatest hits, with other special guests appearing on the show.
Kidjo will perform for the first time in 2024 at Carnegie Hall in New York, beginning a year-long world tour that will take in Australia, Asia, Europe, and South America.
One of Africa’s most well-known artists will be honored at the concert as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Kidjo has been called “Africa’s premier diva” by TIME magazine and is on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021.
Kidjo, who is the beneficiary of the lofty 2023 Polar Music Prize, has become eminent for combining the West African traditions of her experience growing up with American R&B, funk and jazz, with impacts from Europe and Latin America.
Angélique Kidjo said,
“Celebrating my 40-year career at the Royal Albert Hall is a dream come true. It is one of my favourite venues in the world. I intend to bring the spirit, beauty and warmth of the African continent to its walls in November!”
Matt Todd, Director of Programming at the Royal Albert Hall, also said,
“It is a real privilege for us to be hosting the debut concert of Angélique’s upcoming world tour here at the Hall. She has achieved so much throughout her career, so to be able to celebrate the 40th anniversary in this historic building is a truly special occasion. The fact that she will be performing some of her best-loved songs alongside the Chineke! Orchestra will undoubtedly make for an unforgettable night, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.”
Kidjo, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and OXFAM, has performed at the Hall twice before, once at the BBC Proms in 2019 and also at a Stars of Africa fundraising concert in 2008.
She has additionally performed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Service in July 2021, and worked together with high-profile artists all through her career, for example, Burna Boy, Philip Glass, Sting, Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Joss Stone and Peter Gabriel, among numerous others.
Since its inception in 1992, the EFG London Jazz Festival has been London’s largest all-city music festival. Over 50 events have taken place at the Royal Albert Hall since 2008, and it has long been praised for showcasing a mix of established artists from around the world as well as emerging ones.
Angélique Kidjo’s show will stamp the first EFG London Jazz Celebration performance to occur in the notable amphitheater.