Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Queens of World Music Angelique Kidjo and Eva Ayllon Perform at the Kimmel Center
October 18, 2005

Angelique Kidjo
Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater to Echo with the Music from West Africa and Peru

**Please Note the Following Changes:

The Performance Location of This Event has been Moved to Perelman Theater

Emiline Michel, Previously Announced as Part of this Performance, will Appear at the Kimmel at a Later Date

The Queens of World Music— Angelique Kidjo of Benin, West Africa and Eva Ayllon of Peru—will take the stage at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater for a night of exotic music on November 6 at 7pm.

This concert is part of the Sovereign Bank World Pop Mix series. The next concert in the series features yet another group of World Music divas—Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Sharon Shannon, and Cara Dillon in “A Woman’s Heart” on November 13 at 3:00pm in Verizon Hall.

Tickets for Queens of World Music are $34, $43, $48, and $56 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online or at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply).

Angelique Kidjo is known for her stunning voice, electric stage presence, and upbeat African music. Kidjo, one of the most famous West African female singers to achieve international fame, has released eight albums, the most recent of which, Oyaya!, has received a Grammy nomination. Kidjo began singing as a child in her mother’s acting group, going on to study jazz in Paris, and creating her now signature blend of indigenous Caribbean and African styles over heavy percussive rhythms. As a songwriter and singer, Kidjo exudes elegance and energy. Her unique sound and diverse talent has led to collaboration with artists such as Dave Matthews and Cassandra Wilson. Kidjo uses her songwriting and singing ability to do more than entertain; she is also a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Africa and has taken part in numerous charity concerts, including the December 2003 Cape Town event, The Concert, which raised awareness of AIDS in Africa. Despite the heavy issues Kidjo confronts, her albums, especially the most recent CD, Oyaya! (Joy!), are full of music that encompasses the joy of life.

Eva Ayllon has just begun to make waves in the United States, and is well-loved in her homeland, Peru, able to fill stadiums with adoring fans. Ayllon is known for her rich performances of Peru’s indigenous songs, the landó, the festejo, and the vals. Each song form, as well as Ayllon’s diverse, malleable voice, alludes to the rich blend of Peru’s musical heritage, with influences from the African and Spanish cultures that define Peru. Afro-Peruvian music, in particular, went through a major revival during the 50s and 60s in Peru, and features the complexity and energy of call and response, polyrhythm, and intense syncopation. Eva Ayllon is the leader of the Afro-Peruvian genre, and this “Queen of the landó” is taking America by storm.

Tickets for the Queens of World Music performance on November 6 range from $34 to $56 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online, or at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply). For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning 2.5 hours prior to evening performances and 11:30am for matinees.

Sponsors of the 2005/2006 Kimmel Center Presents season include Mellon Financial Corporation, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Sovereign Bank, The American Express Company, and Verizon Foundation. Special Student Matinees at the Kimmel Center are generously supported by Merck & Co., Inc. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. Toyota is the Official Vehicle of Kimmel Center Presents Jazz and World Pop programming. In-kind support is generously provided by Deloitte and Southern Wine and Spirit.

NBC-10 is the Media Sponsor of the Kimmel Center Presents Sovereign Bank World Pop Mix series.

Sovereign Bank World Pop Mix series
November 6, 2005, 7pm
Perelman Theater

Queens of World Music

Angelique Kidjo

Eva Ayllon

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