An Evening with Angélique Kidjo!
972 Fifth Ave.
212-650–0070 Price: Free
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Join three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, one of the greatest artists in international music today, as she discusses her extraordinary career, her life-long commitment to women and Africa, and her memoir, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (HarperCollins) with John Schaefer.
Born in the West African nation of Benin, Angélique Kidjo grew up surrounded by the rich sounds, rhythms, and storytelling of traditional Beninese culture. When the Communists took over, they silenced her dynamic culture and demanded that she sing in praise of them.
In Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music, Angélique reveals the details of her dangerous escape into France, and how she became a Grammy Award–winning artist and an international sensation at the top of Billboard’s World Albums chart. She also explains why it’s important to give back by sharing stories from her work as a UNICEF ambassador and as founder of the Batonga Foundation, which gives African girls access to education.
Desmond Tutu has contributed the foreword to Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music; Alicia Keys has provided an introduction.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Please note that seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.