Beninese music legend and activist Angélique Kidjo gave a thrilling performance for National Geographic’s Earth Day Eve 2021 concert held on 21 April. 

First held in 1970, Earth Day is held annually to support environmental protection. This year, the celebration, which is coordinated globally by, is running under the theme, Restore Our Earth. It includes a wide range of events in about 190 countries.

The concert comes on the heels of the release of Kidjo’s new interview book I Chemine With Angélique Kidjo earlier this month. It also follows the release of her single ‘Dignity’ featuring Nigeria’s Yemi Alade.

The programme was hosted by Ugandan-American travel blogger and brand influencer Jessica Nabongo and streamed live on National Geographic’s YouTube channel on Thursday at 2.30am CAT. 

Other performers included the likes of reggae singer Ziggy Marley, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and folk singer-songwriter José González, among others.

National Geographic said: “Every year, millions of people across the globe recognise Earth Day by coming together to promote awareness and appreciation for the world…”

More information is available on the National Geographic website.