Angelique Kidjo debuts video for “Move On Up”
This stunning video, directed by Kevin J. Custer (Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes) features the imagery, and appearances by the dancers, of the acclaimed musical FELA! which is directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones (adapted for the video by Maija Garcia.) Presented by Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the Broadway sensation is currently nominated for 11 Tony Awards.
"Angelique Kidjo is one of this world's truly great musical personalities,” said Stephen Hendel, FELA!’s lead producer. “The Broadway company of FELA! was honored to participate in this beautiful music video and we are delighted by how well the video captures both the spirit and soul of Angelique, of the FELA! performers, and of Bill’s choreography."
"I am convinced that the success of the FELA! musical on Broadway is the indisputable sign that people are now interested in the true richness, depth and beauty of African culture,” said Angelique Kidjo. “I feel that the music from my continent is a universal language that can create a bond between all the different cultures of the world and this is what the musical is about. Collaborating with the FELA! dancers on the ‘Move On Up’ video has been an amazing experience for me: The Musical and the song, that I dedicate to the African youth, carry the same message of joy and hope for the future of Africa and for the future of people everywhere.”
On June 10 the entire world will have their eyes on Africa and on Angelique as she performs at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, at the newly renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg. The concert celebrates the first time the tournament has taken place in Africa. Also performing will be John Legend, Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Black Eyed Peas, Shakira and others of their stature. “Move On Up” is also featured on Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album, which will be released May 31, with proceeds from its sale going to various African charities.