Angelique Kidjo at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle

Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo
Seattle (Washington), USA – The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents for three nights only, vocalist Angelique Kidjo, touring in support of her new release Djin Djin. Band members joining Ms. Kidjo are Rubens de la Carte (guitar and musical director), Joao Mota (guitar), Stephane Castry (bass), Ibrahim Diagne (percussion) and Harvey Wirht (drums). Set times Friday, May 4– Sunday, May 6, are at 7:30pm. Doors will open at 6:00pm on Friday and 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
 With Djin Djin, her new release on Razor & Tie/Starbucks Entertainment, Angelique Kidjo comes home. The four-time Grammy-nominated, much-celebrated singer, composer, and performer began in the Beninese port village of Cotonou, where she launched her career at the age of six. The political turmoil in her country led her to relocate to Paris, a hotbed for West African music, and then ultimately to New York City, where she now resides.Her striking voice, stage presence and her fluency in multiple cultures and languages won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. It also earned her access to humanitarians who sensed the passion in the words of her songs, resulting in her long-term dedication to global charity work.

As a child, Kidjo was mesmerized by an iconic album cover of Jimi Hendrix, which led her to follow the African roots of music from the United States, Brazil and the Caribbean. The results were the Grammy-nominated trilogy of albums, Oremi, Black Ivory Soul and Oyaya!. With  Djin Djin (pronounced “gin gin”), Angelique Kidjo returns to the soul of Benin – and, for the first time, shares it with a cast of all-star guests, in a marriage of cultures that has significance far beyond music alone. Inspired by the traditions and culture of Kidjo’s native Benin in West Africa, the title of the album refers to the sound of the bell that greets the beginning of a new day for Africa.

The diversity represented by Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone, Branford Marsalis, producer Tony Visconti, and the others who contribute to Djin Djin speaks to the lesson of this project: For all the differences in the music of our time, the river of Africa flows through it all.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is located at 2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.