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Angélique Kidjo On Mountain Stage

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Angélique Kidjo. (Mountain Stage)

Angélique Kidjo appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Larry Groce says of Kidjo in his introduction, "If there's a such thing as musical royalty, we have it here." Time magazine called Kidjo "Africa's premier diva," while the London Telegraph described her as "the undisputed queen of African music." She's been called upon for collaborations with Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Carlos Santana and John Legend, and she was named one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by The Guardian.

Kidjo has collaborated with Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, John Legend and more. (Mountain Stage)
Kidjo has collaborated with Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, John Legend and more. (Mountain Stage)

Kidjo describes her latest album, Eve, as "a remembrance of the African women I grew up with, and a testament to the pride and strength that hide behind the smile that masks everyday troubles." She's backed here by her own band, featuring Dominic James on guitar, bassist Ben Zwerin, and percussionists Daniel Freedman and Paulo Stagnard.

Set List

  • "Ebile"
  • "Bomba"
  • The Guardian named Kidjo one of Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. (Mountain Stage)
    The Guardian named Kidjo one of Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. (Mountain Stage)

  • "Kulumbu"
  • "Blewu"
  • "Pata Pata"
  • "Afirika"
In today's show, Kidjo pays homage to Miriam Makeba with a cover of the hit song "Pata Pata."  (Mountain Stage)
In today's show, Kidjo pays homage to Miriam Makeba with a cover of the hit song "Pata Pata." (Mountain Stage)

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