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WQXR and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis hosts this kinetic evening featuring Alicia Olatuja. Olatuja performs with her husband, bassist Michael Olatuja, in the Olatuja Project, for which she sings in various African dialects, such as Yoruba and Showna, and received praise from The New York Times for her “strong, lustrous tone.” The duo released its debut album, The Promise, in 2011. Olatuja has also sung with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007 (she wowed everyone at the 2012 presidential inauguration with her solo during the choir’s performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic") and often performs as a soloist with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble and recording artists Christian McBride, Chaka Khan, and Bebe Winans. Olatuja is also a voice teacher, a vocal producer, and teaching artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council.
WQXR’s weeknight host Terrance McKnight also hosts the Saturday evening program All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010. He’s the emcee of the Battle of the Boroughs, the annual competition to find New York City’s best undiscovered musical talent, from the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR. As part of RadioLoveFest, McKnight curates two nights of music at BAMcafé, featuring Alicia Olatuja and BROWN RICE FAMILY.
Due to an illness, the Villalobos Brothers are unable to perform as scheduled.