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  • ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO TO MAKE HER WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    DEBUT AS PART OF THE LA PHIL’S 2009/10 WORLD MUSIC SERIES
  • Feb. 28, 2010
  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2010, 7:30 PM

    Presented in association with 89.9 KCRW 

    The electrifying West African, New York-based vocalist Angélique Kidjo will make her debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, February 28th, 2010, in support of her latest project, Oyo, due for release on March 30, 2010. In the course of her successful career, Kidjo has spread her rhythmic Afro-funk fusion to the four corners of the globe. Her fun-loving personality, on-stage charisma and unique voice make her live performances joyous and uplifting affairs.

    Kidjo has been deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine, and the moniker speaks accurately to the singular career and life she has forged. Like the great Miriam Makeba before her, Kidjo is the continent’s most internationally celebrated female musical exponent. Kidjo’s work has garnered four Grammy nominations, and has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.

    On her new album, Oyo, Kidjo returns to her roots to interpret the music that inspired her growing up in Benin. With a host of friends and collaborators, including John Legend, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Santana, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride and Antibalas, Kidjo takes on Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up," Otis Redding's "I’ve Got Dreams to Remember," Santana's "Samba Pa Ti," Aretha Franklin’s "Baby I Love You," and James Brown's "Cold Sweat." Kidjo also revisits the Beninese traditional music of her native country, as well as songs from Hollywood and Bollywood films.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2009/10 World Music Series concludes with Hawaii’s popular and multi-talented performer Keali’i Reichel on March 19, 2010.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2010, at 7:30 PM
    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    World Music

    Angélique Kidjo
    Dominic James, guitar
    Andre Manga, bass
    Ibrahim Diagne, percussion
    Daniel Freedman, drums

    Presented in association with 89.9 KCRW               

    Tickets ($37 - $90) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

  • contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422, sjefferies@laphil.org; Lisa Bellamore, 213.972.3689, lbellamore@laphil.org; Photos, 213.972.3034