8 JULY – 19 AUGUST
8 JULY – 19 AUGUST
Return to her roots
Dee Dee Bridgewater is returning to the Sani Festival stage, having previously returned to her homeland, Memphis, Tennessee, as far as her performance is concerned.
Born in a city that is well known for its effect on American culture through music and the struggle for African American civil rights, Dee Dee Bridgewater is part of American heritage. During a long career spanning four decades, this emblematic vocalist, who has received Grammy and Tony awards, has reached the top tier of performance due to the unique timbre of her voice, and stage appearance.
After moving to Flint, Michigan, she spent her childhood nights listening to music on WDIA, the first American radio station programmed entirely for African Americans. Her father worked there as a DJ, under the pseudonym ‘Matt, the Platter Cat’.
Her new album, recorded at Willie Mitchell’s world famous Royal Studios, will go on sale in 2017, released by OKeh Records/Sony Masterworks, indicated both a return to her roots and a pioneering “reconstruction” of the blues, with classical R&B pieces. Kirk Whalum, a close friend of Dee Dee’s from Memphis, has contributed to its production. Together they have created hits such as ‘Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)’ by the Staple Singers, ‘I’m Going Down Slow’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel’.
Dee Dee Bridgewater first appeared in the framework of Sani Festival in 2000 with her trio, and then once more in 2007. That second appearance was part of a world music setlist based on her African roots.
Dee Dee Bridgewater - vocals
Barry Campbell - bass
Charlton Johnson - guitar
Bryant Lockhart - saxophone
Sharisse Norman - background vocals
Shontelle Norman Beatty - background vocals
Curtis Pulliam - trumpet
Carlos Sargent - drums
Farindell "Dell" Smith - piano/organ