Two great African music concerts in one week? In Troy? Am I dreaming?
Hot on the heels of Bassekou Kouyate at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Benin’s Angelique Kidjo brought her band to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday, April 1.
The powerhouse vocalist described the concert as “a trip back to my childhood,” and she sang several songs that she first learned as a small child, including the opening a cappella “Atch Houn.” She sang the favorite songs of her mother and father, including a gorgeous version of Sidney Bechet’s “Petite Fleur,” sung in French as a duet with his bassist Andre Manga. And she sang several tunes from the songbag of the great South African singer Miriam Makeba, with the quietly intense duet with guitarist Dominic Kanza on “Malaika” emerging as a particular standout.
We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Angelique Kidjo tomorrow (Thursday) at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. You better be quick, though. Congratulations to Elizabeth F, who won the tickets for tonight’s show!
We’ve got a pair of tickets to see the Afro-funk fusion of Angelique Kidjo and her band at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy this Thursday, April 1 at 8pm, and we’re going to give them away to a lucky Nippertown reader. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into the drawing. We’ll announce the winner on Thursday morning. Good luck!
Meanwhile, here’s a little funky goodness to see you through this gloomy, rainy afternoon:
“Boy, I would say that it was probably a compilation album of Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits, but I didn’t get it until I moved to Europe.
In Africa, my brother used to buy a lot of albums when there were still record shops in Benin. But then it became a Communist dictatorship, and all the record shops disappeared, so I didn’t have the chance to buy any record albums when I was there. So it wasn’t until I moved to Europe that I bought my first album.
I was over 20 years old at the time. I remember that day I bought Aretha Franklin, Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ and the fourth one was by James Brown.”
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