Angelique Kidjo Returns to the Road as Support Act on Santana's Eagerly-Awaited U.S. Summer Tour
World Music Superstar's Grammy-Nominated Album, Black Ivory Soul, In Stores Now
The world music sensation Angelique Kidjo returns to the road this summer as opening act on Santana's eagerly-anticipated U.S. concert tour. Kidjo -- a charismatic and gifted performer who brings her exuberant spirit, commanding voice and electrifying dancing to every show -- co-wrote and recorded the original version of "Adouma," the opening track on Santana's latest best-selling album, Shaman. The 24-date Santana/Angelique Kidjo tour opens June 11 at the Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia, and wraps up July 14 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California (see itinerary following).
Kidjo's most recent album, the critically acclaimed Black Ivory Soul, was released in 2002 and garnered the dynamic artist her third Grammy Award nomination. On the Bill Laswell-produced Black Ivory Soul, Kidjo explores the musical kinship between Africa and Brazil, specifically her Benin homeland and the city of Bahia. Black Ivory Soul is highlighted by Kidjo's songwriting collaborations with Brazilian musicians Carlinhos Brown and Vinicius Cantuaria among others. On her album, Kidjo covers a buoyant Gilberto Gil number as well as a gorgeous ballad written by renowned French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Among the many highlights of Black Ivory Soul is the buoyant and infectious "Iwoya," Angelique soul-stirring duet with Dave Matthews.
In addition to touring the world in support of Black Ivory Soul, Kidjo appeared at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, in December 2002. At the concert, which honored Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter, Kidjo performed two songs with her own band as well as an energetic rendition of her song "Adouma" with Carlos Santana and his band.
Angelique Kidjo was appointed UNICEF Special Representative in July 2002, and has spent much of her time recently traveling to Finland, Tanzania, Benin and South Africa focusing on the education of young girls and AIDS prevention.
Look for Angelique Kidjo coming to a venue near you this summer! Angelique Kidjo Summer Tour 2002 June 11 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater June 13 Raleigh, NC ALLTEL Pavilion June 14 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion June 15 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion June 17 Hartford, CT Meadow Music Theatre June 18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center June 20 Wantagh, NY Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach June 21 Wantagh, NY Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach June 22 Saratoga, NY SPCA June 24 Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Center at the Waterfront June 25 Boston, MA Tweeter Center June 27 Scranton, PA Coors Light Amphitheater June 28 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater June 29 Toronto ONT Molson Amphitheater July 1 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre July 2 Columbus, OH Polaris Amphitheater July 4 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest July 5 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center July 6 St. Louis, MO Riverport Amphitheater July 8 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheater July 11 Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion at Concord July 12 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheater July 13 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheater July 14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
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