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FirstWorks presents cross-cultural music icon Angélique Kidjo at The Vets

Members of the community are invited to attend a radiant concert by Angélique Kidjo on February 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at VETS. FirstWorks welcomes four-time Grammy Award winner Kidjo back to Providence for a concert featuring the high-octane numbers that cemented her place on the international stage. Presented as “the first African diva” by Time Magazine, Angélique Kidjo is recognized worldwide for her singular and extraordinary voice and her diverse influences, ranging from Afropop to gospel, from Congolese rumba to rhythm and blues. Using joy and pride as transcendent tools for empowerment, she will share unlimited creative classics as well as new music from her recently released album, “Mother Nature.”

“Mother Nature” was written and recorded in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the album focuses on the pressing topics of environmental conservation and human rights. The result is a truly visionary work, rooted in a deep understanding of musical tradition, yet endlessly forward-thinking and inventive. The album was recently nominated for “Best Global Music Album” at the upcoming 64th Grammy.® Awards.

“Without nature, we don’t exist – it nurtures us, it nurtures us, and it does so without any judgment,” Kidjo explained. “And even if nature is attacked by our industries, it is still so generous.”

“FirstWorks prides itself on connecting audiences with iconic artists on stage inside. The euphoria of an Angelique Kidjo performance is unmatched – it’s one of those shows you’ll remember for a lifetime” , said Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director of FirstWorks. “We applauded Angélique for her tremendous achievements as a singer at the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony, hailed as ‘THE QUEEN’ by Apple Music, and her sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.”

Tickets for the Sunday, February 13, 2022, 7:00 p.m. performance at VETS cost between $39 and $69 (including a $4 VETS catering fee) and are available now at

Kidjo will stay in Providence for a FirstWorks educational residency that will include creative conversation at Mt. Pleasant High School. Schools interested in becoming FirstWorks Education Partners can contact FirstWorks Education Director Jamil Jorge at 401-421-4278 or [email protected] for more information. This program is made possible in part through the support of Providence Tourism Council and FirstWorks Earth First Supporters: National Grid Foundation, CDQ Charitable Trust and Nordson Corporation Foundation.

Four times winner of a Grammy Award, Angélique Kidjo is today one of the greatest artists in international music, a creative force with thirteen albums to her credit. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people of 2021. The BBC included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic people, and in 2011 The Guardian named her one of the 100 women most inspiring in the world. Forbes magazine ranked Angelique as the first woman on its list of Africa’s most powerful celebrities. She recently received the prestigious Crystal Award 2015 from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award 2016 and the German Sustainability Award 2018.

As a performer, her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages ​​have earned the respect of her peers and expanded her audience beyond national borders. Kidjo crossed West African traditions from his childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. For more information on Angélique Kidjo, visit: