Please note: The SFJAZZ box office has very few tickets remaining for this show! However, tickets are still available directly from the Paramount Theatre, either online or in person at their box office (starting at 6pm, at 2025 Broadway, Oakland).
Youssou N'Dour & Angelique Kidjo
A supremely charismatic singer and expert percussionist, Youssou N’Dour conquered the world in the 1980s with his percussion-driven mbalax sound, a unique combination of West African polyrhythms, rock, and reggae. He rose to yet higher international prominence for his memorable work with Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. Most recently, N’Dour was the subject of 2010’s I Bring What I Love, an acclaimed feature documentary about the uproar and celebration surrounding his recent Grammy-winning album, Egypt.
Following in N’Dour’s footsteps, Kidjo has become a bona fide pop star and activist with a highly personal mix of Western and African styles. Her soulful sound seamlessly blends driving West African grooves, gritty American R&B, surging samba beats and sophisticated jazz harmonies. Whether she’s opening for the Dave Matthews Band or headlining at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Kidjo is a riveting performer with a smoldering stage presence. Her latest album, Õÿö, combines the traditional music of her childhood with classic American soul of the ‘60s and ‘70s, while featuring collaborators such as Dianne Reeves, Bono, John Legend and Roy Hargrove.