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Angelique Kidjo

Mon, Jun 23, 2014




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91.3 KBCS and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcome Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo for one night only on tour in support of her latest release Eve. Band members joining Ms. Kidjo are Dominic James (guitar), Magatte Sow (percussion), Daniel Freedman (drums) and Ben Zwerin (bass).

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In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy for her homeland of Africa, Angelique Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the continent’s women beyond the media spotlight.

On Eve, her highly anticipated Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical “mother of all living,” the Beninese born, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter builds on this ever-evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment. “Eve is an album of remembrance of African women I grew up with and a testament to the pride and strength that hide behind the smile that masks everyday troubles,” says Kidjo, whose accolades include a 20 year discography, thousands of concerts around the world and being named “Africa’s premier diva” (Time Magazine) and “the undisputed Queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph).

Kidjo, whose star-studded 2008 recording Djin Djin won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album and whose last studio recording Oyo was nominated in the same category, has enjoyed a long history of crossover collaborations with greats from the jazz and pop worlds—including Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove and Alicia Keys.

In August 2012, Angelique traveled to Kenya with UNICEF and CNN to film a documentary on acute malnutrition from 0 to 2 years that irreversibly affects the future mental and physical development of many children. The singer visited the Samburu region in the North of Kenya. When she entered the small village of Merti, she met with a group of women who were part of a community center advocating for better nutrition. They welcomed her with a beautiful chant that she recorded on her Iphone. Kidjo was so inspired by the passion and strength of their voices that she created “M’Baamba” (which became the opening track on Eve) around the magical sample of their voices.

Eve is dedicated to the women of Africa, to their resilience and their beauty,” says Kidjo. “These women have so little materially yet when they smile, it’s as though they have jumped to the moon and are swinging from it. As long as we are strong, we will move forward with dignity.” As Kidjo sings on “Kulumbu,” “Let’s learn to worship love and friendship. Let’s fall in love with love again!”

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