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Baaba Maal at Union Chapel

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The Grammy Award-winning multi-cultural singer performs songs from her album Oyo. Kidjo has been performing since the age of six in her tiny African home town of Cotonou in Benin. Due to political unrest she relocated to Paris before settling in New York where she has remained. Though now technically American she has maintained her multi-cultural roots and used them as a strong influence for her music. This and her ability to speak a number of languages has led her to be known and respected worldwide as both an artist and figure head of charitable campaigns. Her Grammy-nominated trilogy of albums Oremi, Black Ivory Soul and Oyaya was heavily influenced by her interest in Jimmy Hendrix as a child and features African beats merging with American styles of performance. Her 2007 album Djin Djin saw her collaborating for the first time in her career with a number of star guests, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana, Brandford Marsalis, Ziggy Marley, Joss Stone and producer Tony Visconti. Her latest album, Oyo sees the artist returning to her roots and utilising her experiences of growing up in Benin, leading up to her fleeing the country to escape communist rule. With a variety of music and performance styles this promises to be a vibrant and eclectic tour.

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Union Chapel

Compton Avenue
N1 2UN
0207226 1686

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