“Once In Lifetime” Experience Comes To Wolf Trap When Angélique Kidjo and Femi Kuti Come To Town

By Jason Herman / August 1, 2018
Angelique Kidjo (Photo Courtesy: Red Light Management)

Wolf Trap is preparing for a stellar night of pure Afrobeat with an amazing line-up that no one will want to miss.

Global pop star and three-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo brings her world-wide “Remain In Light” tour to Wolf Trap this coming Tuesday, August 7. 

Hailing from Benin in West Africa, Kidjo is a world-renowned and celebrated artist whose career spans nearly a quarter-century. Her latest release is her 13th album, where she worked to reimagine arguably one of the greatest albums of the 1980s by The Talking Heads: Remain In Light. Her rendition was released on June 8. 

Angelique Kidjo (Credit: Danny  Clinch)

Angelique Kidjo (Credit: Danny Clinch)

“As ‘Remain In Light’ was influenced by the music of my continent, I want to pay back the homage and create my own African take on Talking Heads’ songs”


In addition to her three Grammy awards, Kidjo has been recognized for her superb talent. NPR has called Kidjo "Africa's greatest living diva,” while The Guardian named Kidjo one of its "Most Inspiring Women in the World." She has collaborated with countless stars including Alicia Keys,  Bono,  and Carlos Santana. She serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founded the charitable foundation Batonga, which is dedicated to supporting the education of young girls in Africa.

Opening for Angélique Kidjo is Femi Kuti And The Positive Force. Kuti is the heart and soul of modern Afrobeat as Kuti’s father, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, created Afrobeat which is a blend of traditional Nigerian drum patterns, the smooth groove of highlife and American soul, funk, and R&B. Earlier this year, Kuti released his 10th album, “One People, One World" (Released on February 23, 2018). Kuti and his band will delight the audience with the potent horn lines that punch up the tempo, ultimately driving the performance forward at a frenetic pace.

“When I was a boy, I listened to funk, highlife, jazz, folk songs, classical music and my father ’s compositions, so you will hear those things in the music, but everything on this record comes strictly from my heart and soul. Like Africa itself, Afrobeat has endless possibilities within its structure.” 

- Femi Kuti  //  Femi Kuti And The Positive Force

Femi Kuti (Credit: Optimus Danny)Femi Kuti (Credit: Optimus Danny)

Join two of the most renowned and influential world artists — Angélique Kidjo and Femi Kuti —  for a night of electrifying rhythms, stunning vocals, and a truly spectacular performance under the stars at Wolf Trap. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Doors: 6:30 PM

Show:  8:00 PM

Wolf Trap


1551 Trap Road

Vienna, VA 22182 (Google Maps Link)

$60 - Pavilion 

$28 - General Admission Lawn 

To learn more about the Batonga Foundation, please click on this link.

Batonga Foundation

About the author

Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.