Pink Martini - "Pata Pata" (audio) (premiere)

by Sarah Zupko

3 November 2016

Pink Martini release a cover of the Miriam Makeba classic "Pata Pata" in advance of their new album coming on November 18th.
Photo: CHRIS HORNBECKER 

Eclectic pop jazz orchestra Pink Martini is releasing their latest album, Je dis oui, on November 18th via Heinz Records and we’ve got a new song to share with you. “Pata Pata” is a classic South African song first performed by the legendary Miriam Makeba. The tune was so important to her, being both a feminist and anti-apartheid song. Of the song, bandleader Thomas Lauderdale says “I’ve loved this song for years. When it debuted, it was widely seen as a feminist statement against apartheid. When we were recording this, our Greek trombonist Antonis Andreou was whistling along, and I said, “That sounds incredible!” So I had him record the whistling and I think that it really makes the song!” It’s a rollicking and infectious number sure to create a party atmosphere. Somehow, Pink Martini always work their special charm to make their music irresistible.
  
Pink Martini’s new album, Je dis oui, is available now for pre-order.

TOUR DATES
November 16—Portland, OR—Keller Auditorium
November 18–19—Florence, OR—Florence Events Center
November 28—San Luis Obispo, CA—Cal Poly Arts PAC
November 29—Modesto, CA—Gallo Center for the Arts
November 30—Palm Desert, CA—McCallum Theatre
December 1—Reno, NV—Grand Theatre
December 3—Escondido, CA—California Center for the Arts
December 4—Lancaster, CA—Lancaster PAC
December 6—Santa Rosa, CA—Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
December 7—Stanford, CA—Bing Concert Hall
December 8–9—Raleigh, NC—Meymandi Concert Hallwith the North Carolina Symphony
December 11—Charlottesville, VA—Paramount Theatre
December 13—New York, NY—Town Hall
December 15—Glenside, PA—Keswick Theatre
December 16—New Haven, CT—Shubert Theater
December 17—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre
December 31—Los Angeles, CA—Disney Concert Hall (two shows)

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