Only a voice as powerful as Angelique Kidjo’s could fill a theater so completely. The vast space came to life as the African songstress belted out song after inspirational song.

The lyrics bounced back from English to her native tongue, but the music was universal and no one doubted the presence of something more that evening. Normally everyone in Los Angeles is “too cool” to get up and dance, but when you have someone like Kidjo beckoning, sitting down isn’t an option.

Kidjo’s ability to put out albums that garner world recognition is an understatement to her true beauty as a singer. Her talent on the stage showed all in attendance that you don’t even have to speak the same language to get lost in the love of music.