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SFJAZZ Presents Youssou N'Dour & Angelique Kidjo 

When: Fri., June 17, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $25-$80

Long known as the reigning diva of Africa, AngéliqueKidjo will, on occasion, graciously extend her hand to other divas, among them Joss Stone (who joined Kidjo for a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter") and Alicia Keys (who guested on "DjinDjin" and "Afrika"). Both pop stars performed competently, but Queen Kidjo still held court. Indeed, her husky female tenor and facility with melody ensure supremacy on just about any stage. Kidjo performs in the Bay Area about once a year, usually under the auspices of Cal Performances. This time around she'll appear at the SFJAZZ spring season, opening for Senegalese singer and percussionist YoussouN'Dour, whose career spans four decades, and who is also known as a member of African music royalty (not to mention he's a frequent muse for documentary filmmakers). They'll perform at the Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland) on Friday, June 17. 8 p.m., $25-$80.

— Rachel Swan


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