The Spiritual Love Child of Sade and D’Angelo? Getting to Know Goapele

We love it when Cabaret Jazz gets soulful.

That’s what will happen when the sensational Goapele – whom Rolling Stone first noted sounds like the spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo – performs on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16.

As a vocalist, Goapele covers a wide territory of genres from old school R&B to modern trip hop.

Born of an exiled South African father and an Israeli-via-New York City mother, she was raised in the musical hotbed of Oakland, California. In her formative years, Goapele was an active student and performer, including singing in the Oakland Youth Chorus. After graduating from high school, she studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

She has recorded five albums, including 2014’s Strong as Glass, which includes sometime Las Vegan Snoop Dogg on the track “Hey Boy.” (Which we think is supercool!)

Goapele has many artistic influences, including some of the greatest musicians in history including Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Prince, Hugh Masekela, and Sade, of course.

Wondering what her distinctive name means? Pronounced gwa-puh-lay, it translates from Setswana, a southern African language, as “to move forward.” It’s fitting, as Goapele is politically active as both an artist and a citizen.

As always, Cabaret Jazz opens at least a half-hour prior to showtime, with food and beverage service available. It’s a fantastic way to decompress after the work day, have a chat over a glass of wine or a custom cocktail and nibble on light bites like a cheese and fruit plate.

Goapele takes to the stage at 7:00 p.m. for both performances.

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