Angélique Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin-Kpasselokohinto Kidjo is African music’s foremost diva, if that’s not too Western a concept for this Benin-born powerhouse of a performer. OK, she lives in Park Slope; yet Benin’s drumming still provides the heartbeat of everything Kidjo records with husband and collaborator Jean Hébrail, and she has recorded some of the continent’s bangingest conceptual statements in albums like Oremi, Oyaya! and Black Ivory Soul. On her new Eve, Kidjo celebrates motherhood, daughterhood, and sisterhood in songs that blend West African folklore and Motown motion, female choruses, and a hothouse band with solid jazz bona fides. And check out her recent autobiography, Spirit Rises, which contains the story of her 1983 flight to France along with some great recipes.
Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 2014
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