Show-woman enough to command a stage shared by Black Eyed Peas at last year's World Cup kick-off celebration, Benin-born Afro-dance superstar Angelique Kidjo is unstoppable live, even if her eclectic Africanized neosoul can feel soft-focus in its idealism. Having come of musical age in Holland, Paris, and New York, she's been an international crossover diva since breaking in discos with 1994's "Aye," and she remains the biggest link between Miriam Makeba (whom she covers) and Joss Stone (whom she counts as a collaborator, along with Bono, Roy Hargrove, and John Legend). All ages. (Photo by Alexei Hay)
Fri., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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