ZIGGY MARLEY PERFORMS WITH ANGELIQUE KIDJO AT NAACP AWARDS
by M. Peggy Quattro
A highlight of the well-produced NAACP Image Awards held Feb. 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA, was the tribute to actress/activist and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ruby Dee.
Performing “Sedjedo” from her Grammy-winning CD Djin Djin, the blonde-haired Benin-born Angelique Kidjo delivered a high-spirited and powerful performance. The diminutive world-renown star was dressed in a black tuxedo-style suit while her band was dressed in traditional African attire. High-heeled boots did not deter the World Music veteran from dancing exuberantly to the drum-fueled rhythm.
Joining her on stage, and featured on her latest CD, Ziggy Marley performed flawlessly alongside the lively Kidjo. Sung in Kidjo’s native Beninese, while bouncing on the Gogbahoun riddim, the ever-smiling comfortable-in-jeans Ziggy contributed by singing the English verses, perfectly connecting the music of Jamaica with the rhythm of Africa.
The audience, and especially the radiant Ruby Dee, thoroughly enjoyed the extraordinary and talented Angelique Kidjo.
A worldwide tour will supoprt Djin Djin, the Grammy-winning CD that features Ziggy, Joss Stone, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, and Branford Marsalis. The Kidjo tour kicks off in the USA and Canada in February and March, and moves on to Europe in April and May.