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ANGELIQUE KIDJO’S CELIA CRUZ TRIBUTE
with Pedrito Martinez

On July 29, the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival presented the multiple Grammy-winning Beninoise superstar and Brooklynite Angelique Kidjo who dived headlong into the music of the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, in this unforgettable event, which also featured the outstanding Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez along with  a full Latin and African band. Cruz, whom Billboard once called “indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music,” offered a wealth of material for Kidjo’s formidable abilities as an interpreter of other artists’ work.

The concert, which took place at the Prospect Park Bandshell was opened by Cuban saxophonist, percussionist and composer Yosvany Terry who joined the tribute on the song “Cucala”.

 
 
 
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Kidjo’s heartfelt, swinging tribute to Celia Cruz was one of the most powerful and uplifting performances of the year.
— JazzDeLaPena
 
 
 

Video highlights of Angelique Kidjo's performance  at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park bandshell on July 29th, 2016

 
Bringing along New York-based, Cuban-born conga master Pedrito Martinez was an excellent choice–Martinez’s group brought the real deal Havana sound that Kidjo needed to support her magnificent voice. Kidjo’s interpretation of Cruz’s voice and music was beautiful and faithful, even peppering every song with Cruz’s signature exclamation, “Azucar!
— Afropop Worldwide
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