Akua Allrich to celebrate Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba on Sunday at final G40 Art Summit show

Akua Allrich performs this Sunday at the last hurrah of the CapitalBop Jazz Series at the G40 Art Summit. Courtesy Timothy Forbes Photography

“Sinnerman.” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” “Pata Pata.” So many other classic songs. These revolutionary works from Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba shot inspiration into the social and artistic movements of the ’60s and ’70s. This Sunday, Akua Allrich is going to give them a soulful, invigorating, dance-inducing makeover.

She’s one of D.C.’s most outstanding talents, with two CDs to her name, and if you haven’t already taken advantage of the CapitalBop Jazz Series on the magnificent stage at BLIND WHINO, as part of the G40 Art Summit, Allrich’s performance this Sunday is your last chance. Tickets to the early-evening show are just $10, and they get you a complimentary cocktail. Come see the graffiti art at BLIND WHINO in a new light while you listen to Allrich and her band, featuring some of the most talented improvisers in modern music.

For her own part, Allrich was last year’s “Best Jazz Vocalist” in the Washington City Paper‘s Jazzies. She sings with sensitivity and fervor, pouring together the influence of neo-soul, classic jazz, African folk music and much else. Allrich is a powerful composer, but something very personal also happens when she pays tribute to her two biggest idols: Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. Together with a funky large ensemble designed specifically for this repertoire she brings their message of truth into the present day.

Video of Akua Allrich’s
Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba project:



Giovanni Russonello

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com. Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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