Angelique Kidjo Announces Concert Tour Dates (Jan/Feb 2014)
In January, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo will release both an autobiography and an album of all-new material. Written by Kidjo with Rachel Wernick, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music is out January 7 on Harper Collins and contains a preface by Desmond Tutu and a foreword by Alicia Keys. The new album, Eve, is out January 28 on Savoy/429 Records. In support of both projects the renowned performer will embark on a U.S. tour in early 2014. Please see below for tour dates.
Produced by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Fatboy Slim), Eve, named after Kidjo's mother, is a joyous musical ode to the pride, beauty and strength of African women and their worldwide socio-cultural influence. "I've spoken for many years about the beauty of African women, and I don't need to talk anymore about it because on this recording I am letting the voices of the women show their beauty to the world," Kidjo says. "Eve is all about showcasing the positivity they bring to their villages, cities, cultures and the world."
The recording is anchored by guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Steve Jordan, bass great Christian McBride and Senegalese percussionist Magatte Sow, and features an array of both new and well-known guest musicians including Dr. John, Rostamm Btmanglij (Vampire Weekend), The Kronos Quartet and the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxumbourg. In addition, remarkable singers and womens' choirs from several African villages in Benin and Kenya sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages including Fon, Yoruba, Goun and Mina.
Kidjo's accolades span a 20-year discography and thousands of concerts around the world. TIME Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva" and London's Daily Telegraph named her "the undisputed Queen of African Music." Kidjo's 2008 recording Djin Djin won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album and her last studio recording Oyo was nominated in the same category. She has enjoyed a long history of notable collaborations with greats from the jazz and pop worlds, including Carlos Santana, Bono, John Legend, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove and Alicia Keys. In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her African homeland, Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the continent's women beyond the media spotlight.
1. M'Baamba (Kenyan Song)
2. Shango Wa
3. Eva (featuring ASA)
4. Interlude: Agbade
5. Bomba (featuring Rostam Batmanglij)
6. Hello (featuring Trio Teriba)
9. Kulumbu (featuring Dr. John)
10. Interlude: Kletedjan
11. Ebile (featuring Kronos Quartet)
12. Awalole (featuring the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg)
13. Bana (featuring Yvonne Kidjo)
15. Interlude: Wayi
January 9 /// Barnes & Noble Union Square /// New York, NY*
January 23 /// Los Angeles Public Library /// Los Angeles, CA*
January 24 /// San Francisco JCC /// San Francisco, CA*
January 27 /// Brooklyn Academy of Music /// Brooklyn, NY*
February 5 /// Hayti Heritage Center Durham, /// NC†
February 7 /// Variety Playhouse Atlanta, /// GA†
February 8 /// McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square /// Charlotte, NC†
February 9 /// Mountain Stage, Creative Arts Center /// Charleston, WV†
February 11 /// City Winery /// Chicago, IL†
February 13 /// Oberlin College, Finney Chapel /// Oberlin, OH†
February 14 /// Buffalo State College, Buffalo State Performing Arts Center /// Buffalo, NY†
February 15 /// Town Hall /// New York, NY†
February 16 /// George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium /// Washington, DC†
February 18 /// Prince Music Theatre /// Philadelphia, PA†
February 19 /// Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks /// Bethlehem, PA†
February 20 /// Ridgefield Playhouse /// Ridgefield, CT†
February 22 /// Theatre Granada /// Sherbrooke, QC†
February 23 /// Somerville Theatre /// Somerville, MA†
* conversation, Q&A, 2-3 song performance
† concert performance
More On: Christian McBride, Kronos Quartet, Roy Hargrove, Variety Playhouse, McGlohon Theater, Performing Arts Center, Town Hall, Washington, Auditorium, Playhouse.