Bill Bragin: Ok Kidjo!
When: Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m.
There are few artists in the world more charismatic onstage than the Benin-born, Brooklyn-based spitfire, Angélique Kidjo. A true global soul as a musician and activist, Kidjo has collaborated with artists from throughout Africa (Youssou N’dour, Gangbe Brass Band); Cuba (Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuando); Brazil (Carlinhos Brown); Europe (Bono, Peter Gabriel) and the U.S. (Alicia Keys, John Legend, Josh Groban). She serves as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador and founded the Batonga Foundation to promote education for girls in Africa.
This Saturday night, inspired by the recently opened Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition “Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures,” she performs in an intimate acoustic collaboration at the Met’s Grace Rainey Auditorium with fellow Benin-born musician guitarist Lionel Loueke. Loueke is a brilliant instrumentalist whose unique fusion of West African and jazz styles has been heard in projects with Herbie Hancock, Gretchen Parlato, and his own Gifelma Trio.
Bill Bragin is director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center, where he produces the popular Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals as well as programming for the Lincoln Center’s new David Rubenstein Atrium.