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Leila Adu Sings Solo


Wed 4 Mar 2009, 8:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Happy, 118 Tory St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Unwaged/Student: $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: Brianne Kerr

Leila Adu returns to New Zealand from an adulatory reception in Europe and the United States and a growing international reputation. Before presenting two concerts in the Auckland Arts Festival, one solo and one with band, Leila returns to Happy, Wellington for a welcome home concert not to be missed.

With a voice like hot treacle on broken glass Leila Adu has been described as “Nina Simone for the noughties”. Praised by critics and fans alike, Adu explores the dissonant edges of familiar forms with a voice that is simply incomparable.

Recently Leila recorded the anticipated follow up album to Cherry Pie (2006) with the legendary Steve Albini, (PJ Harvey, Nirvana) due for release late 2009.

Seductive and sultry, her vocal range and style will produce shivers down your spine, goosebumps on your arms and draw you inexorably into a state of rarefied musical intoxication.

Tom Callwood - bass (Little Bushmen, Bunnies on Ponies)
Chris O'Connor - drums (SJD, Don McGlashan's Seven Sisters)
Jeff Henderson - sax (Syzygy, Urban Taniwha, 2008 New Generation Art's Foundation Award)

'A unique mixture of jazz, pop, gamelan and bossa, full of striking imagery and delightful dissonant, droning harmonies,' - Sunday Star Times

‘Avante-garde pop that recalls Nina Simone and Tim Buckley from the headliner’ - Time Out

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