Jazz Around the World 2 – 23 April – Benin

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations


Welcome to Benin. Located in the heart of West Africa where many internationally acclaimed musicians hail from, the country of Benin has certainly contributed to this list. We’ll be hanging out with two of them today. If we’re lucky, we may be able to get them to share the stage later.


Leading off our concert is guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke. Loueke started out playing percussion at the age of 9. In his teens he switched over to guitar. His dedication to the instrument is apparent when you hear the story of how long it took to save for his first guitar, and how he had to use bicycle brake cables when the original guitar strings broke. He studied Jazz in Paris, won a scholarship to Berklee College in Boston, and was selected by a panel of judges that included Herbie Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, and Wayne Shorter, to attend the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at UCLA. Loueke went on to perform with each of the panelists that selected him, and a worldwide roster of A-list musicians.


Please welcome Mister Lionel Loueke:




Tribal Dance





Blue Note at 75 celebration at The Kennedy Center – “Nonvignon”





Solo break during performance with the Herbie Hancock Band





With his group Gilfema – “Tin Man”





Live at Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz – With Chris Potter, Dave Holland, and Eric Harland – (No title)






To close out our stay in Benin is singer/songwriter Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, a lady who really needs no introduction. Her accomplishments speak for themselves. She truly represents the global appeal of Jazz, and the spirit of this Jazz Around the World tour.


It is a true honor to welcome to the stage, Ms. Angélique Kidjo:








Idjé Idjé










With Roy Hargrove – “Samba Pa Ti”





Macumba Salsa






For her final number, Ms Kidjo will be joined by countryman Lionel Loueke, plus Christian McBride, George Duke, and Vinnie Colaiuta.



Live at International Jazz Day Inaugural Sunset Concert at the United Nations – “Afrika”





BeninThank you for joining us here in Benin. I hope you enjoyed the performances. We’ll meet at the Internet Train Station for our train ride. Next stop on or Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Mali.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

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