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February 25, 2010

ANGELIQUE KIDJO'S OYO, FEATURING SINGLE "MOVE ON UP" WITH BONO AND JOHN LEGEND, TO BE RELEASED APRIL 6 BY RAZOR & TIE

Kidjo Interprets Music That Inspired Her Growing Up in Benin: Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, James Brown and Miriam Makeba, Plus Beninese Traditional Music and Songs from Hollywood and Bollywood Films

Angelique Kidjo, whom TIME has deemed "Africa's premier diva," collaborates with Bono, one of the continent's most ardent supporters, on her new album, OYO. Upon hearing music from the album, he very much wanted to contribute, and so he joined her and John Legend on a version of Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up." Now that the collaboration is complete, Razor & Tie will release the album in the U.S. on April 6.

The focus on OYO is the music that shaped Kidjo's artistic formation. The album includes "Lakutshn Llanga," a lullaby made famous by Kidjo's hero, Miriam Makeba; Yoruban interpretations of Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" and Santana's "Samba Pa Ti;" a collaboration with Diane Reeves on "Monfe Ran E," an homage to the Aretha Franklin hit, "Baby I Love You;" and a take on James Brown's "Cold Sweat."

Recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (D'Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, Oyo features a band of highly accomplished musicians, including another Benin-born, New York-based artist, the guitarist Lionel Loueke, as well as Christian McBride on upright bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Thiokho Diagne on percussion. The trumpeter Roy Hargove makes a memorable appearance on "Samba Pa Ti."

OYO has already garnered glowing praise overseas. Clive Davis of London's Sunday Times says, "The Beninese singer's celebration of her musical roots turns out to be a magnificently upbeat marriage of African tradition and western pop." In a major feature, The Financial Times says, "No one has followed in [Miriam] Makeba's footsteps more convincingly than Kidjo." Metro UK proclaims Kidjo to be "brilliant at shaking up expectations" and lauds her "joyously powerful" vocals.
Leading up to the release, she will perform material from OYO and her previous album, the GRAMMY-winning Djin Djin on a tour of the U.S.; see below for an itinerary of confirmed dates.

Constantly recording and touring, Kidjo is equally engaged in advocacy and activism, from UNICEF (for whom she is a Goodwill Ambassador) to her own Batonga Foundation, which provides educational aid to young African girls. She just performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and will be prominently featured in the FIFA World Cup Kick Off Celebration Concert in June.
Oyo U.S. Edition

Track Listing
1. Zelie
2. Samba Pa Ti (feat. Roy Hargrove)
3. Move On Up (feat. Bono and John Legend)
4. Lakutshona Llanga
5. Iíve Got Dreams To Remember
6. Kelele
7. Monfe Ran E (feat. Dianne Reeves)
8. Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka
9. Petite Fleur
10. Afia
11. Cold Sweat
12. Out Of Africa
13. Mbube
14. Atcha Houn
15. You Can Count On Me (Bonus Track)
16. Agbalagba (Bonus Track)

Bono appears courtesy of Mercury Records Limited.
Winter/Spring 2010 Tour Dates
February 20 Zellerbach Auditorium Berkeley, CA
February 25 Edmonds Center for the Arts Edmonds, WA
February 28 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
March 2 Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN
March 3 Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN
March 4 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
March 5 Adrienne Arsht Center Miami, FL
March 26 The Town Hall New York, NY
March 27 Lisner Auditorium Washington, DC
March 28 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
April 1 Troy Music Hall Troy, NY
April 2 Somerville Theatre Somerville, MA
April 3 Somerville Theatre Somerville, MA

www.kidjo.com
www.myspace.com/angeliquekidjo
www.Batongafoundation.org
Press Photos and Assets: http://www.razorandtiemedia.com/artistpage.php?artist=166

February 11, 2010

THE IRISH TENORS NEW ALBUM IRELAND, IN STORES FEBRUARY 23RD, 2010

THE IRISH TENORS TO BE IN NEW YORK THIS MARCH

The Irish Tenors album 'Ireland'

When The Irish Tenors first launched onto the music and television scene over ten years ago we gladly rekindled a fire that has quietly burned in the soul of Irish Americans since the earliest populating of the modern United States. The very essence of any ethnic group is nurtured primarily within its music, its art, its writings, its poetry. Something of that essence is unleashed within our bloodstream when we are conceived and birthed, and it remains with us, and our progeny, forever. Little wonder, then, that the millions of hearts in the United States of Irish descent, in whatever generation, respond so readily to the music of their homeland, and that love, in turn, has happily attracted and introduced millions of people of every age, creed, and colour in every state in this great land to the enjoyment of these recordings made by The Irish Tenors.

With each new album, The Irish Tenors have the privilege of tending the flame and passion for the music of Ireland. A privilege which has taken us to the hallowed soil of Ellis Island, to the glitter of the Hollywood Bowl, to the grandeur of the Fourth of July Concert on Capitol Hill, and to the rapture of Madison Square Garden.

When searching for a title for our latest album, we decided to just call it simply 'Ireland', for this nation's musical tradition, like any respectable whiskey, has been maturing gracefully for thousands of years and when you settle down to listen to this fine album, hopefully it will pour you a glass of beauty and you will savour every drop and let your mind rest for a while on the island of Ireland. The Muses have been extra kind to the Irish and there is no shortage of songs (or whiskey!) and every album is a chance to bring you a different vintage, a collection that you will know and love. We wish you the very best of everything! SlŠinte!

HERE IS WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID OF THE IRISH TENORS:

"A mixture of solos, duets and robust trio performances..." - Washington Post

LINKS

www.theirishtenors.com

CLICK HERE AND LISTEN TO 'WHISKY IN THE JAR'


The Irish Tenors will be in New York in March for St. Patrick's Day