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Bettye LaVette

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Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop or blues, it is pure R&B when she gets through with it. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Her career began at the tender age of 16, recording for labels like Atlantic, Epic and Motown from the 1960s through the 1980s. Her very first single, "My Man — He's a Lovin' Man" became a Top Ten R&B hit. Now, with 50+ years of show business under her belt, she is as busy as ever. She has garnered three Grammy nominations with her latest recordings and has released her autobiography, A Woman Like Me.

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Monday, 23 April, 2018 7:30PM

Angélique Kidjo's REMAIN IN LIGHT

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Critically acclaimed, three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today. In her latest project, Kidjo reimagines The Talking Heads’ classic album, Remain in Light. Released in 1980, Remain in Light was a revolution of pop music innovation, pushing sonic boundaries with sampled and looped grooves inspired by legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Kidjo, who is herself from Benin, explains: “As Remain in Light was influenced by the music of my continent, I want to pay back the homage and create my own African take on Talking Heads’ songs." The album demonstrates that both the Talking Heads and producer Brian Eno experimented with African polyrhythms while simultaneously drawing lyrical inspiration from African academic literature.

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2018 7:30PM

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

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The set list for Alan Cumming’s new concert show is as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Alan himself! Legal Immigrant, a collection of musings on his ten years as a US citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America (regardless of your prefix) begins with a show-stopping opening of Kander & Ebb’s The Singer, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends and Not A Day Goes By from Merrily we Roll Along then Losing My Mind from Follies - all combined into one American musical theatre giants’ mash up!

The show continues in a style Alan calls ‘a true old-fashioned cabaret, a smorgasbord of genres, styles and tales; laughter, tears and, of course, provocation!’ He will cover songs made famous by female musical legends as diverse as Pink, Edith Piaf, Adele and Marlene Dietrich. Ever wanted to hear Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song? You will! Cole Porter will make an appearance, as will Scottish treasures Robert Burns and the Proclaimers, and there might even be a Disney Princess medley sung without a drop of irony. The evening will end with Cumming inviting the audience to sing along with him to one of America’s best known and, in his opinion, most maligned anthems!

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Thursday, 3 May, 2018 7:30PM

Tinariwen

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These extraordinary guitar-poets from the southern Sahara desert blend blues, rock and pop with Berber and Arabic influences to create an altogether hypnotic concert experience. A bass chord and a chorus of male voices open the dance, followed by youyous, cries and handclaps. The powerful melodies of Tinariwen have become the soundtrack for a whole generation of exiled Touareg youth living in Algeria and Libya. Their latest album, Elwan (2017), continues this theme. While Tinariwen were criss-crossing the globe on their recent triumphant tours, the frontiers that encircle their desert home were closing and forcing them into exile to record this album.


WATCH: Tinariwen performs "Sastanàqqàm" from the album Elwan (2017).

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Saturday, 4 August, 2018 8:00PM

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