Landmark moments in musical history have a way of unfolding at the Greek Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. And so, it will be again on April 27 when Algerian raï superstar, Khaled, and Iran’s greatest popular singer, Andy, join forces with an all-star band and guest vocalists from Cuba, Latin America, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, the U.S. and beyond. The concert is a celebration of the earth’s cultural diversity, uniting faiths, nationalities and musical genres in an electrifying evening of music.
It’s been ten years since Khaled has performed on an American stage. Though he has returned with full force, working on a groundbreaking album, Coming Together, in L.A.’s historic Sunset Studio. It’s been said that Khaled is raï, a signature North African music style. The word means “advice” or “opinion.” It began as the sound of the street in Khaled’s native Algeria. But starting in the 1970s, a teenager with an uncannily moving voice, Khaled went on to raise the genre to a high art form. Over the years, he has collaborated with an Arabic orchestra, Bob Marley’s I Threes on a series of reggae hits, Carlos Santana on “Love to the People,” Marc Anthony on a Latin dance track “C’est La Vie,” Pitbull on a pumping Arabic pop hit, and now, a forthcoming collaboration with Andy, Riffat Sultana, Carlos Santana, DJ Snake, Elan Atias, French Montana, and Stevie Wonder among others. The Coming Togetheralbum and this unity concert are produced by veteran composer/music producer Dawn Elder in association with Sonic Imports, Voicesout.org. and the Ultimate Vocal Music Summit.
Khaled’s resume includes 10 Diamond, Platinum, and Gold albums, the highest-selling Arab album in history (123 Soleils), chart-topping pop hits “Aïcha” (1996) and “Didi” (1992), the latter produced by the inimitable Don Was. Khaled is a four-time winner of BBC Radio 3 World Music Award, and was named by NPR one of the “50 Greatest Voices in Music.”
Andy Madadian has been called the “Persian Bono.” He’s recorded 15 albums over a 30-year career, singing in four languages, and incorporating influences from African music, Western Pop and Flamenco. Andy’s music is banned in his own country, although he was the first Iranian/American singer to perform at the White House. Long based in L.A., Andy has collaborated with Jon Bon Jovi and La Toya Jackson and won numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2017. He is also an actor, appearing in The House of Sand and Fog, The Keeper and Guardian Angel; but Andy is best known for his spectacular voice and stage charisma.
Onstage at the Greek, Khaled and Andy will debut a fiery new duet with “Salama So Good” (Peace, So Good), a featured track on Khaled’s forthcoming album. The Music Video will be released on April 11th, 2019.
Other guests at this historic unity concert include: Riffat Sultana (Pakistan), Elan Atias (Morocco), African-American R&B singer-songwriter Lynne Fiddmont, as well as Grammy- winning Latin producer KC Porter, renowned singer-songwriter and activist Shani Rigsbee among others. The bands draw from the most talented session players in L.A. Khaled’s band includes: his long time band mates Mustapha Didouh on keyboards and vocals, French bassist Maurice Zemmour, North African percussionist Bachir Mokari, Alan Perez 2nd guitar side by side with renowned guitarist Errol Cooney (Janet Jackson, Philip Philips), Flamenco Gypsy Guitarist Latin percussionist Ramon Yslas (Chicago), a full brass section featuring Eric Jorgensen, Bill Esparza, John Fumo, and MD Matt Rohde of Jane’s Addiction Keys, Dwight Rivera (Piano-Keys) and on drums, Herman Mathews, the driving force behind Tower of Power.
The show begins with a set by young singer-songwriters emerging from the star-building Ultimate Vocal Music Summit. Lebanese-Americans Kristen Tanios and Sydney Shalhoob, Portuguese-American Hailey Faith, Scandinavian-American Anna Steiner and African-American Celeste Butler will showcase a new generation of singers, launching a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of global unity that could not have come at a better moment.
The concert benefits Voicesout.org, a 501C3 organization devoted to providing a voice and aid children and animals in neglectful, abusive and abandoned conditions, to assist and provide programs with long term solutions for their welfare.
UltimateVocalSummit.com – A not for profit organization devoted to providing vocal and music educational studies to students throughout the United States, and in this concert provide an opportunity to showcase, support and encourage new young talent from California as they pursue careers in the music field.
Tickets on Sale at Ticketmaster.com, Greek Theatre Box office, Doors at 6:30pm, Concert commences at 7:45pm.
For more information on tickets or to request interviews with the artists, call 800-295-2003