Youssou N'Dour & Angelique Kidjo

Youssou N'Dour & Angelique Kidjo

Youssou N'Dour
& Angelique Kidjo 

Friday, June 17, 8:00pm
at Paramount Theatre

Youssou N´Dour
African Alliance Series: Global Village  

Youssou N'Dour & Angelique Kidjo

Youssou N'Dour
& Angelique Kidjo 

Friday, June 17, 8:00pm
at Paramount Theatre

Angelique Kidjo
African Alliance Series: Global Village  

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

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.

Artist Website

"Mr. N’Dour can sing short, catchy pop melodies, but at any moment his voice can sail into the long, improvisational lines of griots and Islamic muezzins. His voice merges power and tenderness. " — The New York Times

Angelique Kidjo

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.

Artist Website

"Currently on the world music stage, no artist shimmers with quite the intensity or artistic integrity of Angelique Kidjo. " — JazzTimes
"Her supercharged pipes have never sounded better, her irresistible energy and joie de vivre never more palpable….Kidjo reaffirms her global-diva credentials. " — Los Angeles Times