Celebrated as “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine, Grammy-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo is a bona fide, chart-topping world music superstar. Her highly unique style combines powerful West African grooves, American R&B, samba beats and sophisticated jazz harmonies. With a big heart, as well as a big voice, she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a tireless crusader for women’s and children’s rights. She brings her infectious joy and liberating passion to The Clarice for a special performance celebrating the resilience and beauty of Africa’s women.
“[Kidjo’s] supercharged pipes have never sounded better, her irresistible energy and joie de vivre never more palpable.”
—Los Angeles Times
We would like to thank our community partner Batonga Foundation.
Engagement at The Clarice is characterized by facilitated audience interactions with artists, scholars and community leaders that are focused on process and research rather than product and performance.
- On December 4th, Sheri Parks interviewed Angeìlique Kidjo for the WORLDWISE Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series.
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Video of Angélique Kidjo performing “Agolo”
Review by UMD Writer's Bloc
The background lighting was always a solid color, ranging from a luminous magenta to a calm sky blue. The performance was extremely personal. Kidjo shared her stories, wisdom and insight before releasing her energy into the audience with her chilling, elevated vocals.
— RACQUEL ROYER, Ionarts, December 6, 2015
Review by Capital Gazette
Last week was a case in point as Angelique Kidjo played a sold out show at the beautifully appointed University of Maryland's The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The West African singer hailing from little Benin delivered a powerhouse performance with the audience on their feet for the seated show.
— MICHAEL BUCKLEY, Capital Gazette, December 11, 2015