Odds & Ends: Toni Braxton, Ann Wilson, Sinead O’Connor

Toni Braxton announces her first ever tour in Africa … Sinead O’Connor calls off her remaining summer dates, citing exhaustion … Ann Wilson has a new EP to go along with her upcoming solo tour.

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Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta, Indonesia

Toni Braxton is bringing Babyface on the African outing.   

“It’s been a long time coming, but I am FINALLY coming to Africa w/ my MUSICAL husband Babyface, & i’m so excited!” she posted on Facebook Tuesday. “Thank you for your patience South Africa, let’s make this an EXPERIENCE to remember.”

The brief tour packs a lot of star power. Between the two artists they’ve won 18 Grammys and sold over 75 million records. Last year Braxton and Babyface released the collaborative studio album Love, Marriage & Divorce on Motown Records.  

In addition to three nights in South Africa, the tour includes a show in Zimbabwe. Here’s the plan:

Aug. 28 – Harare, Zimbabwe Borrowdale Racecourse
Aug. 30 – Durban, South Africa, Moses Mabhida Stadium
Sept. 1 – Cape Town, South Africa, GrandWest’s Grand Arena     
Sept. 3 – Johannesburg, South Africa, Ticketpro Dome

Tickets are available now. For more information visit Braxton’s Facebook page.

Sinead O’Connor is taking the rest of the summer off, including Thursday’s appearance at Ireland’s Galway International Arts Festival.  

The festival announced the cancelation with a statement from the singer’s agent, which referenced an ongoing medical issue.  

“Sinéad O’Connor apologises profusely to her fans but she cannot travel this summer anymore. She is suffering from exhaustion due to an existing not resolved medical situation and she has been advised by the doctor to stop any activity and rest. Because of this she is completely unable to travel and to perform.”

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Toender Folk Music Festival, Toender, Denmark

John Grant will still perform at Galway International Arts Festival July 23. The event has also booked special guest and festival favorites the Sharon Shannon Big Band.

Ticketholders who still wish to attend the show will receive a complimentary drinks voucher for the Festival Big Top Bar, as well as a €10 Festival Voucher.

Full refunds are also available, including booking charges. Visit Giaf.ie for more information.

O’Connor’s summer schedule also included an appearance at Regina Folk Festival Aug. 9 and La Fete Des Solidarites in Namur, Belgium, Aug. 29. Regina Folk Festival is offering full refunds for individual Sunday evening ticketholders – but recommends fans wait until the updated lineup has been announced. Refunds are not available for weekend pass holders. Visit ReginaFolkFestival.com and LaFeteDesSolidarites.be for more details.

It looks like the setlist for Ann Wilson’s new solo tour will include new music from the Heart singer.

The Facebook page for her side project – The Ann Wilson Thing – announced her upcoming EP a few days ago with a photo declaring “EP Coming August 2015.” The same photo was posted on Twitter. As of the time of this post, we don’t know the title or the exact date the EP is due out. The project’s new website, TheAnnWilsonThing.com, is still under construction, with an opening date set for “about 8/10/2015.”

Wilson’s first-ever run of solo shows begins Sept. 21 in Solana Beach, Calif. Seven dates are planned, with stops in New York; Annapolis, Md.; Vienna, Va.; and Nashville.

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"Brian Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of Brian Wilson," The Fonda, Los Angeles, Calif.

“I love the blues. The Ann Wilson Thing gives me an opportunity to rock the blues up close and personal,” Wilson said.

Select shows will feature a guest performer sitting in for a song. Expect Alison Krauss to take the stage Oct. 15 at City Winery Nashville. Visit The Ann Wilson Thing’s Facebook page for more information.