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Kidjo & Yo-Yo Ma

«Sarabande Africaine»
Grand Auditorium
Angélique Kidjo & Yo-Yo Ma in black and white on a dark background
©: Ibrahim Maalouf, Jason Bell

What you'll hear and see

The music

  • Georg Friedrich Händel Saraband (Suite für Cembalo HWV 437) (arr. Mike Block)
  • Bella Bellow « Blewu» «Zelie»
  • Angélique Kidjo «Kelele» (arr. Mike Block) «Agolo» (arr. Mike Block)
  • Philip Glass Ifè. Three Yorùbá Songs: II. Yemandja (arr. Michael Riesman)
  • George Gershwin «Summertime» (Porgy and Bess) (arr. Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hebrail, Mike Block)
  • Traditional «Nobody knows» (arr. Harry T. Burleigh)
  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Lamentations (Black/Folk Song Suite)
  • Antonín Dvořák Goin’ Home (d'après la Symphonie «Du Nouveau Monde»)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Sarabande (Cellosuite N° 3 BWV 1009) «Aisha» (d'après le Largo du Concerto pour clavier BWV 1056) (arr. Mike Block)
  • Malavoi «Ti Citron»
  • Charles Baudelaire «L’Horloge»
  • Maurice Ravel Lonlon (d'après le Boléro)
  • Ángel Cabral «La Foule» (arr. Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hebrail, Mike Block)
  • Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hebrail «Afirika» (arr. Mike Block)
  • Dorothy Masuka « Pata Pata» (arr. Mike Block)

The artists

  • Angélique Kidjo vocals
  • Yo-Yo Ma cello
  • David Donatien percussion
  • Thierry Vaton piano
Angélique Kidjo and Yo-Yo Ma are two musical personalities who could not be more different in their culture and musical «home territories». Both of them, however, routinely cross genre boundaries in their musical practice. Together, they have developed a programme which takes the baroque dance of the «saraband» as its point of departure, using it as a vehicle to travel through time and space. The Iberian and Arabic roots of the saraband will play a role here, as will the fact that the animist religions of the Congo revere a spirit by the name of «Zarabanda».


  • Cat. I 75 €
  • Cat. II 55 €
  • Cat. III 35 €, (+352) 26 32 26 32 Under 31? Save on ticket price with
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  • Date Tuesday 05.12.23
  • Time 19:30
  • Duration 120
  • Venue Grand Auditorium
  • Subscription Autour du monde
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