Her star-studded album, “Djin Djin”, won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Album in 2008, while her album, “OYO”, was nominated for the same award in 2011. In January 2014, her first book, a thesis entitled “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music” and his album “Eve,Were published to critical acclaim. “Eve” went on to win the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2015, and her landmark orchestral album, “Sings with the Orchester Philharmonique Du Luxembourg”, won a Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2016. Kidjo went on to perform this genre work with several international orchestras and symphonies, including the Bruckner Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Philharmonie de Paris.
The BBC included Kidjo in its list of “Africa’s 50 Most Iconic People” and, in 2011, The Guardian ranked her among its “100 Most Inspirational Women in the World”. Forbes magazine ranked her as the first woman on its list of “Africa’s Most Powerful Celebrities” and she received the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum, the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award and the German Sustainability 2018 Award.
Kidjo travels the world defending children’s rights as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and OXFAM, and she has created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to supporting the education of young girls in Africa. .
This performance is supported in part by a donation from Elizabeth Hahn and Douglas Chancey.
Free public lecture, “Rise Up: Music and Human Rights with Angélique Kidjo”
Kidjo has dedicated his life to defending rights. In the free lecture “Rise Up: Music and Human Rights with Angélique Kidjo”, she talks about the role and power of the arts in the global struggle to ensure human rights for all. Co-sponsored by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, the Office for Inclusion and Diversity and the Black Cultural Center, the event will take place on Wednesday, January 19 at 6 p.m. at the Anne and Ellen Fife Theater.
Tickets for the show are $ 25-55 for the general public and $ 10 for Virginia Tech students. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during ticket office hours.
The Moss Arts Center adheres to Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Tech guidelines in its operations, including protocols for face coverings, cleaning, and sanitation. In accordance with current university policy regarding indoor events, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the Moss Arts Center are required to wear a mask, regardless of their immunization status.
Paid parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff with a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Virginia Tech has also partnered with ParkMobile to provide a convenient, contactless electronic payment option for parking, which can be used at any parking meter, campus parking spot, or parking lot with standard F / S parking, C / G or R.
If you are a person with a disability and would like accommodation, please contact Jonathan Boulter at least 10 days before the event at 540-231-5300 or email [email protected] during regular business hours.