The Kidjo Theory

magine the look on the face of Angelique Kidjo, Beninese singer, songwriter, and activist, when an American scientist contacted this songstress while conducting a study of the effect of music on the brain.  According to the Time Magazine’s feature of Kidjo, Inuit fishermen under the scientist’s research registered thought patterns of overwhelming serenity while listening to her music.  That’s indicative of something special.

Angelique Kidjo has an element of peace surrounding her.  Not to mention being a five-time Grammy nominee and a 2008 winner for Best Contemporary World Music Album, Kidjo has been a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador since 2002 and she launched the growing Batonga Foundation.  This non-profit was founded as a result of Kidjo’s childhood of political/economic turbulence in her native Benin and the lack of advocacy for the education of African girls and women.  Working internationally, her tenacity for a global change infuses her music, an Afro-funk fusion with elements of American R&B, jazz, and Latin American beats.  Her music changes from smooth to bold with rhythms twisting quickly from the safe to out-of-control.  Pairing with legends Carlos Santana and Gilberto Gil, as well as Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, and Josh Groban, Kidjo has something for everyone, especially when she sings solo.  Now that’s a pattern to register.

-By Danyel Madrid

Angelique Kidjo will be performing at USC’s Bovard Auditorium March 26, 7.00. Contact USC Spectrum for more information: 213.740.2167.

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