With the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
Angélique Kidjo is a powerful source of energy and joy. This whirlwind was born in 1960 in Ouidah, Benin, and has sung from a very early age when Miriam Makeba was her idol. After her tribute to Nina Simone in 2009, Angélique Kidjo returned to the Roman Theatre in 2010 to celebrate Makeba (“Mama Africa”), and then again last year to honour Celia Cruz. Here she is in symphony, accompanied by Ibrahim Maalouf’s trumpet and the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, inspired by the legend of the Queen of Sheba. In 2016, Ibrahim Maalouf paid a glowing tribute to women, and Oum Kalthoum in particular, at Vienne. Last July, after a concert during which a piece of brass came away from his instrument, Ibrahim Maalouf said, “This evening, the ring which bound me and my trumpet together has given way!” He told the story on his Facebook page, mentioning his father and a “big decision" taken for four years’ time, on his 40th birthday, all linked to hashtag “Freedom”. This was taken as Ibrahim Maalouf announcing his retirement! Something in him seems to have broken. At first he saw himself as a composer, or even a producer, as with Natacha Atlas. “I’ve always had a contradictory relationship with the instrument and with popularity. I’m getting increasingly fond of composing, arranging and contemplating music, giving advice, being out of the spotlight.”
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