Jimi Hendrix is that rare artist whose songs are nearly impossible to cover and still do them justice. His immeasurable talent and singular style leave little room for a re-interpretation that doesnt sound silly or, worse, inconsequential.
But leave it to Angélique Kidjo, an export from the tiny West African country of Benin, to re-imagine Hendrixs classic Voodoo Chile as a tasty morsel of Afro-pop. Kidjo, one of the biggest names in a genre thats huge worldwide but virtually ignored stateside, does just that, replacing Jimis searing guitar lines with an instantly memorable vocal performance.
The Grammy-winning singer, whos collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel, and Carlos Santana, will perform one of a handful of U.S. dates on Friday, March 27, at Mesa Arts Center.