Saturday 1 July 2023
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The Afro-pop legend returns to Roskilde

The African continent contains a great number of musical legends as well as impressive new stars. But few artists seem as defining as the now 62-year-old singer Angélique Kidjo. With her pan-African pop music she has embraced several genres and currents and she remains a vital inspiration for new generations of African artists.

Hailing from Benin, Kidjo has created her own style of music through a fusion of West African sounds of her youth with funk, jazz, soul, latin and global pop. She had a major international breakthrough in the 90’s with infectious albums such as “Aye” (1994), and she has managed to stay relevant ever since.

Collaborations with artists as diverse as Kronos Quartet, Gilberto Gil, Peter Gabriel and Alicia Keys bear witness to her iconic status as well as to her open vision. But Kidjo also continues to be a catalysator for contemporary African pop. Just check out her acclaimed 2021 album “Mother Nature” that sees her draw on modern African R&B and hip hop sounds and collaborate with a range of exciting young artists such as Burna Boy, who will also perform at this year’s Roskilde Festival.

As the true icon she is, Kidjo has of course also visited Roskilde before with great success and we’re excited to bring her back!