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“We have an obligation to each other and to the world, to live a peaceful existence and to stand up for ourselves and for others in love and peace so that we can be children of light for the entire world. I love you dearly.” - Oleta Adams

While in Newcastle, South Africa, Oleta visited the uHlange High School students while in their computer class. She lead a sing-along of Something Inside So Strong, a song written in 1984 by Labi Siffre. He was inspired after watching a documentary on the Apartheid in South Africa as well as his own experiences of growing up gay.

Oleta is joined at the front of the classroom by her band John Cushon, John Peña, and James Harrah.

Her comments at the end of the song are beautiful are a transcribed at the top of this post.
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Our performance at The Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg, South Africa is coming up on April 27th. Info below. ... See MoreSee Less

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So after the incredibly moving show at Ram’s Head in Annapolis, we decided to have a nightcap at the hotel before going to bed. The bartender gave us last call and then suddenly said he wanted to play a game. This is what he said: ... See MoreSee Less

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April 21, 2018
Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Newcastle International Jazz Festival
Newcastle’s Show Grounds – Farmer’s Hall

April 27, 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa
Sandton Convention Center/ Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

May 11, 2018
South Orange, NJ
South Orange Performing Arts Center

May 12, 2018
Port Washington, NY
Landmark Theatre

June 2, 2018
Birmingham, AL
Steel City Festival / Legion Field

June 3, 2018
Chicago, IL
City Winery Chicago

September 1, 2018
Bremen, Germany
Music Theater of Bremen

September 15, 2018
Long Beach, CA
Music Theater of Bremen

September 28–30, 2018
Hollywood, CA
Catalina’s Jazz Club

October 20, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
Hotel Casino & Spa – Access Showroom

Tickets will go on sale July 20th

November 9, 2018
Alexandria, VA

November 10, 2018
New York City, NY
BB Kings