Bluesman Chris Thomas King Invited To Tour Africa For The First Time Thanks To President Obama

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Grammy Award Winning Musician And Actor Chris Thomas King Embarks On Nigerian Concert Tour During Black History Month Thanks In Part To President Barack Obama.

This will be my first visit to Africa and I'm really excited to take my blues home to its roots. This year they wanted to celebrate with American music in part because of the election of our new president, Barack Obama. It seems the rest of the world is excited about American culture again. My phone been ringing every since his election

New Orleans guitar virtuoso and actor Chris Thomas King will celebrate black history month on tour in Africa beginning February 15th. Chris Thomas King and his band will perform concerts in Lagos and Abuja Nigeria, including a special National Day celebration. King is an internationally known blues artist and actor who had major acting roles in the Oscar winning films "Ray" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Nigerian Ambassador invited King with the help of the United States government to act as an American musical ambassador performing for Nigeria's National Day, which takes place February 18th. King said, "This will be my first visit to Africa and I'm really excited to take my blues home to its roots. This year they wanted to celebrate with American music in part because of the election of our new president, Barack Obama. It seems the rest of the world is excited about American culture again. My phone been ringing every since his election," King said backstage at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles recently.

King will duet with Nigerian artist Onyeka Onwenu to perform "America The Beautiful" during the celebration in Abuja. The Nigerian Ambassador has also requested King and Onyeka perform a duet of Etta James' classic "At Last," which President Obama used for his first inaugural dance.
In between concerts King will hold workshops with local musicians and school children. King said, "touring Nigeria is challenging and I'm looking forward to it. I know I'll be inspired and I hope to leave a lasting impression on them as well."

In March the Chris Thomas King band will tour clubs and theaters up and down the west coast of North America. Featured stops along the way will include Yoshi's in Oakland, The Mint in Los Angeles California and the sold out Seasons Theater in Yakima, Washington. May 2nd King will perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. "I try to perform in my home state at least once or twice a year." King said. King's Jazz Festival performance will be his first since Katrina. Chris Thomas King will tour Japan in May. The Chris Thomas King Band includes New Orleans drummer Darryl White and Bassist CuJo. 



For more information Contact:
Mariann Thomas

Chris Thomas King Tours, LLC

Phone (225) 744-4491 ext. 1
Website: http://www.ChrisThomasKing.com

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