Opening performance Holland Festival 2022

Mother Nature

Angélique Kidjo, Yemi Alade, Zeynab Abib, Blue Lab Beats, Jeangu Macrooy

Music that connects people from all over the world to each other and with the earth

Angélique Kidjo is aiming to achieve something with her new, Grammy Award winning album Mother Nature: 'I want this record to inspire people to think about their connection to mother nature, and how dear this Earth is to us'.

Angélique Kidjo builds bridges and has a great stage presence. She feels at home in all kinds of different cultures and musical styles, which in her eyes are all interconnected, or at any rate capable of being connected. Everywhere she goes she connects with the people and their music. She effortlessly fuses West African traditions with North American influences like R&B, funk and jazz.

Music that connects people from all over the world to each other and with the earth

Angélique Kidjo is aiming to achieve something with her new, Grammy Award winning album Mother Nature: 'I want this record to inspire people to think about their connection to mother nature, and how dear this Earth is to us'.

Angélique Kidjo builds bridges and has a great stage presence. She feels at home in all kinds of different cultures and musical styles, which in her eyes are all interconnected, or at any rate capable of being connected. Everywhere she goes she connects with the people and their music. She effortlessly fuses West African traditions with North American influences like R&B, funk and jazz.

Kidjo, who is also a UNICEF ambassador and card-carrying world citizen, addresses major themes with Mother Nature. She sings not just about the impending climate crisis but also about other important social themes like racial inequality. She increasingly aims to impact younger generations.

For this album, she worked with a range of young African artists. A number of them, Zeynab Abib, Yemi Alade and Blue Lab Beats, will join her on stage at the Holland Festival, where the Surinamese-Dutch Jeangu Macrooy will join the music party as well.

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dates

Fri June 3 8:00 PM

Sat June 4 8:00 PM

Prices

  • default from € 25
  • HF Young € 20
  • CJP/student € 15

language & duration

  • 1 hour 50 minutes (zonder pauze)

Video recordings will be made during the June 4 performance.

  • © Fabrice Mabillot (Angélique Kidjo)

  • © Rinse Fokkema (Jeangu Macrooy)

  • © Zeynab Abib

  • © Blue Lab Beats

Meet Angélique Kidjo

Meet Angélique Kidjo

The French-Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo is associate artist of this year’s Holland Festival, together with theatre director Nicolas Stemann. Shows to be featured at the festival in June are Mother Nature, Yemandja and Ifé.

Watch our conversation with Angélique here and click here to read a conversation about her work and motivations.