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Angélique Kidjo Announces 2015 Tour Dates

Beninese singer, artist and activist Angélique Kidjo has announced a string of dates for her 2015 tour.


After earning her second career Grammy and a doctor of music degree from Yale earlier this year, Angélique Kidjo is hitting the road for a string of dates in the USA, Canada, Brazil and France. First up is a FREE SummerStage at Central Park show in New York City this Sunday, June 7, with Rich Medina and South Sudanese musician Emmanuel Jal. See below for the full list of dates. For more, check out the 5 Songs That Shaped Angélique Kidjo and revisit photos from Kidjo's appearance at Yale’s very first Africa Salon alongside Just A Band, Jean Grae, Shingai Shoniwa, Kae Sun and several others. As the video below (from 2007) can attest, Sunday's show isn't the first time Kidjo has performed at Central Park SummerStage.

Angélique Kidjo's Summer 2015 Tour Dates

Jun 7, New York, NY, Summerstage at Central Park

Jun 13, Providence, RI

Jun 20, Croton On Hudson, NY, Clearwater Festival

Jun 21, New Haven, CT, Festival of Arts and Ideas

Jun 25, Folsom, CA, Harris Center For The Arts

Jun 26, Laytonville, CA, Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival

Jul 3, Biarritz, FR *Orchestre Regional Bayonne Cote Basque

Jul 10, San Francisco, CA *Davies Symphony Hall

Jul 11, Santa Cruz, CA, Solfest

Aug 8, Gaspe, Quebec, Festival Musique du Bout du Monde

Sep 26, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Rock in Rio

Oct 3, Paris, FR *Paris Philharmonie Hall

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Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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