On Mass with Angélique Kidjo review – vocal powerhouse unites the masses

Roundhouse, London
The Grammy award-winning singer dominated this cheerfully thunderous, global gathering of young circus performers, rappers and beatboxers

In terms of sheer spectacle alone, this was an extraordinary concert. Massed across three stages for the finale were 180 young performers, ranging from circus performers carrying flaming torches to beatboxers and rappers, the 42-piece Roundhouse Choir, the London carnival group Kinetika Bloco playing drums, steel pans and brass, pupils from a local school, and performers from India, Brazil, Palestine, the Faroe Islands and Scotland.

At the front, leading them through an upbeat new song of hers, was the West African Grammy-winning singer Angélique Kidjo. A Unicef goodwill ambassador, honoured by Amnesty for her human rights work, Kidjo has both the vocal power and personality to dominate this cheerfully thunderous gathering.

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