Angelique Kidjo's Celia Cruz Tribute with Pedrito Martinez / Yosvany Terry Quintet

  • Prospect Park Bandshell 9th Street & Prospect Park West

The Beninoise superstar and Brooklynite ANGELIQUE KIDJO, “Africa’s premier diva,” (Time Magazine) dives headlong into the music of the Queen of Salsa in this unforgettable event, which features guest musicians like the outstanding Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez. Cruz, whomBillboard once called “indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music,” offers a wealth of material for Kidjo’s formidable abilities as an interpreter of other artists’ work (listen to her otherworldly cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chileif you want to hear someone making a great original song all her own).’ “The power of Kidjo’s unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her, and the infectious, activist energy that courses through her songs all transcend any native tongue.” (NPR)

Since arriving in NYC in 1999, the Cuban saxophonist, percussionist, and composer YOSVANY TERRY “has helped redefine Latin Jazz as a complex new idiom.” (NY Times) Terry is here with his blistering quintet, “a jazz band of Cubans that plays with magnificent musicianship, passion aplenty with its heart on its sleeve.” (Jazzwise UK)