On September 29th, the Japanese queen of R&B, Akiko Wada, will perform in New York for the first time to celebrate the 40th anniversary since her debut as an artist. Akiko Wada decided to celebrate with a performance at the renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York due to its history of presenting R&B favorites including, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and Aretha Franklin, with whom Ms. Wada is often compared.The performance will include special guest and legendary soul icon, Sam Moore, who is the famous voice behind the well known soulful, hit song “Soul Man”. This is a happy reunion for Akiko Wada and Sam Moore since they have performed on stage together. The duo first performed together on Japanese Television early in Akiko Wada’s career and at the time of Sam Moore’s rise to fame as lead vocalist of Sam & Dave.The band, The Wild Women will be opening the show and The Bronx Mass Choir will be performing as back-up for Akiko Wada throughout the performance. Ticket prices range from $53.50 to $83.50 and are available both at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Apollo Theater box office. Akiko Wada was born in Osaka, Japan and debuted as a singer in 1968 with the single, “Hoshizora no Kodoku”. In 1970, she made her first appearance on “Kohaku Uta-gassen,” the year end Grand Song Festival, that is perhaps the most prestigious concert in Japan. Since then, she has appeared on the bill for a considerable total of 31 times. Akiko Wada holds several impressive accolades to her name, including, her win for the Japan Record Award of the Year for “Best Singer of the Year”, the release of 33 albums and 82 singles, the release of her book titled “Otona-no-Shikari-kata (How to Firmly Guide the Younger Generation)”, which has sold 120,000 copies and her memorable 30th Anniversary Concert which co-starred Ray Charles in 1998.To indulge in a fun night of great music, go to the Apollo Theater to watch Akiko Wada and Sam Moore reunite!