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.