[Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the many artists who will perform at Festival International de Louisiane, held the last weekend in April in Downtown Lafayette. For more on the festival, visit the official site here.]
Kidjo’s Grammy Award-winning music is a unique blend of jazz, gospel and African influences. She’s covered songs ranging from “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones to Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” Her long list of collaborators include Dave Matthews, Alicia Keys and Dr. John.
Kidjo is also a champion for women’s rights. She founded the Batonga Foundation, which works to educate and inspire the young girls of Africa. Kidjo is also known for her creative music videos, like the Tron-like visuals in the video for her song “Batonga.” (See video below.) Most impressively however is her powerful voice and her band’s undeniable groove.
Kidjo’s new album with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg entitled “SINGS” comes out March 31. She will be performing April 23 at Scène Stabil Drill International from 9:45-11:00 p.m.