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Bowed instruments, String instruments, Electronic test equipment, Acoustics, Laboratory equipment
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Dec 18, 2023
We’re sorry, this feature is currently unavailable. We’re working to restore it. Please try again later. Dismiss By Jane Cornwell Save articles for later Got it Very large text size London, November, and the Royal Albert Hall is going off. All five tiers of this storied venue are in joyous uproar, as hips shimmy, hands strafe the air and heads are thrown back to sing the Yoruba words of a familiar hit song. ‘Ashé e maman, ashé e Maman Africa,’ hollers the auditorium while, on stage, a petite woman in a striped blue-and-purple handkerchief dress sends her remarkable voice soaring. It’s been 40 years since Angelique Kidjo began her much-garlanded career. And, boy, is she celebrating. This headline show is hooked to the London Jazz Festival – though her 16-album, five-times Grammy-winning oeuvre folds everything from jazz, funk and R&B to classical, European and Latin music into the West African traditions of her youth in Benin. It’s one date on a sprawling world tour that concludes at New York’s Carnegie Hall next November after taking in Asia, Europe, South America and five cities in Australia. Angelique Kidjo performing live in 2019. Credit: Mark Arthur “I’ve played Australia so many times,” the New York-based Kidjo, 63, will tell me. “WOMADelaide. Bluesfest. Sydney Opera House. The jet lag is always a killer but I just love my family down there. You know, on my first visit in 1992, I arrived at Sydney Airport and there were all these ‘Welcome Angelique Kidjo’ banners everywhere. I was like, ‘What the hell? I’m not the president!’ I was meant to do one show. I did four!” Special guests, mostly previous collaborators, will join the tour as and when. Senegalese icon Youssou N’Dour is here in London, having flown in to duet on tracks including Bob Dylan’s Chimes of Freedom. Franco-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf comes on to lend quarter tones to Once in a Lifetime, a track from Kidjo’s 2018 album Remain in Light, her reimagining of the Talking Heads classic. Rising Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy is here, too, his presence underscoring Kidjo’s commitment to championing young African voices – as she does throughout her most recent (Grammy-winning) album, 2021’s Mother Nature. A genre-blending reckoning with climate change, racial inequality, women’s autonomy and her own legacy that features young African gunslingers including (formerly Australian-based) Zambian singer/rapper Sampa the Great and Nigerian Afrobeats stars Burna Boy and Mr Eazi, Mother Nature distills Kidjo’s essence into 13 tracks variously sung in English, French, Yoruba and her native Fon. Advertisement “African success stories don’t interest the Western media, which mostly overlooks the boom taking place in contemporary art, architecture, fashion, technology and music,” Kidjo says. “I invited the youth onto my album because it is the African continent that is paying the highest price for climate change, and because the policymakers aren’t listening.” Kidjo is considered an African fashionista, often wearing clothes designed by young women she has helped throughout Africa. Credit: Fabrice Mabillot As much activism as artistry, a mix of tradition and modernity, Mother Nature helped Kidjo clinch the prestigious Polar Music Prize earlier this year, one of three recipients alongside revered Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records and a key figure in the development of popular music. Oh – and the man who happened to release Logozo, Kidjo’s major label debut, in 1991. “I was singing in a popular jazz-rock band in Paris called Pili Pili when Chris Blackwell signed me,” says Kidjo, who appears on the cover of Logozo in a cliche-subverting zebra-skin jumpsuit, her hair shaved into a Grace Jones-style flat top. “I’d sent my music to every record company in France but no one cared. Chris showed true passion for my work. He directed my career for a decade. He gave me wings to fly.” The second child of liberal parents – a father of Fon lineage who worked in the post office and a Yoruba mother who ran a theatre company – Kidjo grew up in the bustling coastal city of Ouidah in the Republic of Dahomey, now Benin, grooving to the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, South African diva Miriam Makeba and Togolese chanteuse Bella Bellow. Singing came naturally; at age six, her mother pushed her onstage to sing traditional melodies. At age nine, she was fronting her brother’s band (“My father would smuggle me into clubs to sing at midnight”) before leading a high school band that won every competition going. TAKE 7: THE ANSWERS ACCORDING TO ANGELIQUE KIDJO Worst habit? Getting hangry. I’m not nice when I’m hungry and tired. You don’t want to talk to me then. Greatest fear? My father taught me I should never live in fear. But I am fearful that we are destroying the human family. We are our own worst enemies. Even with all these centuries behind us we still haven’t learnt that war is not the solution to anything - but we continue to sacrifice innocent lives. The line that stayed with you? “Never let anyone define who you are,” my grandmother said. And I haven’t. Biggest regret? That I didn’t start my career earlier. My parents told me that I was singing before I was talking. But I started my career at age six. What the heck? Why did I wait? Favourite room? My bedroom. I love to sleep. I am very picky when it comes to my mattress, pillows and linen. They have to be cotton or natural fibres. I don’t want anything synthetic. If I’m in a hotel with synthetic bedlinen, I just take it outside the door. The artwork/song you wish was yours? Envy is a miserable companion. I love so many things that it is not possible to say if I prefer one over another. I know how hard it is to produce anything meaningful. If you could solve one thing… I’d eradicate poverty. It wasn’t easy. “Female musicians were disapproved of. Kids used to throw stones at me. But some of these girls, and girls who were my friends, didn’t make it through secondary school,” says Kidjo, who’d once thought about becoming a human rights lawyer. “They were married off, forcefully. It was traumatic; I’d ask my father to help me save them and he’d say he couldn’t interfere in the decisions of the parents.” Advertisement In 1981, Kidjo recorded a solo album, Pretty, that made her a star in Benin and its neighbouring countries of Togo, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso. But in 1983, when Benin’s repressive communist dictatorship (1972 - 1991) demanded that she write and perform propaganda, and with no industry to support artists otherwise, she slipped out of the country to Paris. There she set about reinventing herself, starting over. Built from the same tough stuff as the Dahomey Amazons, the regiment of female Fon warriors tasked with defending the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries, she worked odd jobs – as a cleaner in a hotel on the Peripherique, a floor-sweeper in an Afro-Caribbean barber shop. Kidjo performs in front of heads of state and world leaders during ceremonies at the Arc de Triomphe in 2018. Credit: Francois Mori She put the money she earned as a backing singer into paying for her studies at a jazz school. It was there that she met her French husband and manager, Jean Hebrail (with whom she has a daughter, playwright Naima Hebrail, now 30), a self-contained man as apparently supportive of his wife’s career as Kidjo’s father (“A feminist!”) was of her mother’s. Logozo’s wildly successful mix of synth-pop and West African rhythms shot Kidjo onto the international scene. The ensuing decades have been a cornucopia of bold concepts (a trio of albums tracing the roots of slavery, African takes on Ravel’s Bolero, Talking Heads, the music of Cuban salsera Celia Cruz), inspired collaborations (with Yo-Yo Ma, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, female village choirs in Kenya) and life-changing campaigns on behalf of UNICEF, Oxfam and her own Batonga Foundation, which she established in 2006 with the aim of educating and empowering girls, especially in remote parts of Africa. “We’ve built schools in Benin, Mali, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Sierra Leone, where we gathered the young girls orphaned in the conflict, provided scholarships, got them to university. We’ve started girls’ clubs in areas where vulnerable adolescent girls can disappear quickly into marriages. Where we can, we take them in. You can see they are heartbroken because of their parents’ decisions but they each want different lives.” “In northern Benin, we have set up fabric-making workshops,” she continues proudly. “It takes days, a week, all of them working together. I bought some beautiful fabric from them, then asked [lauded Cameroonian designer] Imane Ayissi to make a dress that I would wear in concert.” Advertisement Loading At the Royal Albert Hall, moments before the place explodes into paroxysms of delight at the intro to her signature tune Afirika (Mama Africa), in which she’s joined by all her guests, she pauses. “The fabric for this dress was made in Benin by girls who are on the way to stable, financially independent futures,” she says, giving us a twirl, fanning out the skirt of her blue-and-purple striped handkerchief dress. Then she’s off again, dancing, singing, celebrating the joy of Africa, of music, of a brilliant 40-year career – of the work, she’s yet to do. Angelique Kidjo performs at Perth Festival, February 29; Queensland Performing Arts Centre March 4; Hamer Hall, March 5; Sydney Opera House, March 6 and Adelaide Festival Centre, March 12, 2024. www.kidjo.com Save
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