Thursday, February 12, 2009

Aretha Cancels Appearance at New Orleans Jazz estival

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin sang My Country, 'Tis of Thee at the inauguratio

Soul diva Aretha Franklin has cancelled her appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, telling organisers that she is taking a break from the limelight.

Event producer Quint Davis said the star had schedule and travel issues, adding: "She decided not to do any more work for a while."

Franklin performed at President Obama's inauguration ceremony last month in a freezing cold Washington DC.

The festival takes place in New Orleans over two weekends in April and May.

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