Angelique Kidjo
RNCM Theatre, 16 May 2012

Such a glorious concert: she shone as fiery and light-abundant as an African sunset.

We got her own songs along with covers of ‘Redemption Song’ and ‘Move on Up’, titanic songs that Kidjo nonetheless made her own.  The music was mesmeric, thrilling, transporting; and so too was her wicked voice.  Indeed, her emphatic/empathic dancing was no less wicked.

She danced like a warrior, a woman whose heart would always overcome, who’d cast off any dark chain.  In the second part, the audience were invited on stage too, to dance.  For some it was a bit of fun, but others saw it for what it was: a sharing of her strength.

Angelique Kidjo: one singer, one precious woman, whose life is a gift.  Gratitude is the only possible response.