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Angélique Kidjo

When: Sun., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. 2011

Angélique Kidjo may be the closest thing to a successor to the legendary Miriam Makeba—an African pop diva internationally known for her unique, energetic voice, social and political engagement and myriad musical collaborations. Kidjo's latest album, Õÿö, returns her to her native Benin, an area of West Africa known for its women warriors, to explore traditional songs and musical idols of Kidjo's childhood. Among them are Makeba herself, as well as Aretha Franklin and Curtis Mayfield; the disc features guest appearances by Bono, John Legend and Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke. Whether backed by her propulsive band or a lone guitar for a stripped-down chanson, Kidjo is the consummate global entertainer. —Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

Price: $19-64

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