Tracy Chapman, Oumou Sangare, and Tania Libertad Make Their Hollywood Bowl Debuts
SUNDAY, JULY 11, AT 7 PM
Media support provided by KCRW
The Hollywood Bowl presents its annual celebration of women's voices from around the world as KCRW's World Festival continues with Global Divas V on Sunday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. The program features the evocative Tracy Chapman, Malian vocalist Oumou Sangare, and Tania Libertad, all in their Hollywood Bowl debuts.
The Hollywood Bowl's KCRW World Music series continues with World Electronica on July 25 featuring The Crystal Method, Nortec Collective, Sidestepper, and Nitin Sawhney; the popular Reggae Night III on August 8 featuring Bunny Wailer, Luciano, and The Skatalites; World Hip Hop on August 29 featuring Wyclef Jean, Thomas Mapfumo (with DJ), and Control Machete; and American Roots, featuring Lyle Lovett, Shelby Lynne, and eastmountainsouth, on September 12.
Emotive singer-songwriter TRACY CHAPMAN first rose to the spotlight with her 1988 self-titled debut. Expertly weaving socially conscious messages into melodic folk rock, Chapman became an immediate favorite on college campuses. After a successful tour with 10,000 Maniacs, and several high-profile television appearances, she established herself as the breakout artist of the year (winning four Grammys, including Best New Artist). Chapman has gone on to release six albums plus a collection of greatest hits which includes the legendary "Fast Car," the bluesy "Give Me One Reason," and the fiery "Talkin' Bout a Revolution." She makes her Bowl debut with this performance.
Over a decade ago, South Africa discovered the bittersweet African folk of Wassoulou vocalist OUMOU SANGARE with her debut release, Moussoulou (Women). The tremendous success of the record made her a celebrity at home, especially among women, as Sangare courageously spoke out against such traditional practices as polygamy, arranged marriages, and the general oppression of women in African countries. Her message has remained central to her artistry; her catalog now includes four full-length albums. Building on a base of violin, djembe goblet drum, call-and-response choral structures, and the kamalengoni harp, Sangare's sound continues to be as lush and captivating as on her first release. This is Oumou Sangare's debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Peruvian singer TANIA LIBERTAD was born in Zaña but raised in the coastal town of Chiclayo where she began singing romantic ballads at the age of five. She became a local star a decade later while studying fishing engineering in Lima. Libertad started making passionate bolero records after moving to Mexico in 1977, paying tribute to Latin legend José Alfredo Jiménez on Canta a J.A. Jiménez. She also teamed up with talented composer Armando Manzanero on Libertad de Manzanero and set music to La Vida Ese Parentesis, a book of poems by Mario Benedetti. Libertad makes her Hollywood Bowl debut with this performance.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduces audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "Summer Sounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 35th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: In 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and last summer close to one million admissions were recorded. It is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festivals have become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.
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Sunday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.
KCRW's World Festival
HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood
Global Divas V
Media support provided by KCRW
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Ryan Jimenez, 213.972.3405; for photos: Ellie Lloyd, 213.972.3448