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Ledisi, also known as Ledisi Anibade Young is an American R&B singer, songwriter and recording artist from New Orleans, U.S.

Growing up in a musical family where both her mother and step father performed in local bands, Ledisi began singing live at the age of eight with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. In 1990 she was nominated for a Shellie award for her performance in a production of “The Wiz” and sung vocals for a run with the cabaret group Beach Blanket Babylon, before studying piano and opera at the University of California Berkeley, in their Young Musicians Program.

After studying music she formed a jazz and hip-hop band called Anibade alongside fellow musicians Sundra Manning, Phoenix Normand, Cedrickke Dennis, Nelson Braxton, Wayne Braxton and Rob Rhodes. The band achieved a kind of cult-status in the San Francisco, U.S. Bay Area although failed to get signed to a major label.

Ledisi’s debut album “Soulsinger: The Revival” was released independently on her own label LeSun Records in 2000, and her follow-up 2002’s “Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue” won the singer the award for “Outstanding Jazz Album” at the California Music Awards.

In 2007 after a short hiatus in which she questioned whether she wanted to remain in the music industry, Ledisi signed with Verve Records and released her third studio album “Lost & Found”. The album saw a string of positive reviews, sold over 200,000 copies and earned her two Grammy nominations. 2008 saw the singer release a Christmas album named “It’s Christmas” and perform the song “The Man I Love” in the “Leatherheads” movie.

After touring with R&B singer Kem on his North American tour Ledisi’s released her album “Pieces of Me” in 2011 the release was her most commercially successful and received three Grammy Nominations for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for the title track. Ledisi’s released her danceable and upbeat seventh studio album entitled “The Truth” in March 2014.

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I’ve been eagerly anticipating soul-singer Ledisi’s concert since the release of her latest, The Truth, and the announcement that she was touring with Robert Glasper Experiment. Eager because I’ve read article after article on Ledisi’s transformation and growth; watched her perform on Black Girls Rock last year and David Letterman in March; and noticed how free her spirit appeared during her I Blame You video, and this interview on YouTube.I knew seeing the singer up close and personal would solidify everything I perceived – that Ledisi truly has reached the point of living a full and genuine life. With third row seats at The Warfield in San Francisco, I was a close as I could possibly get to seeing her star shine. This makes the fourth time I’ve been blessed to see and hear the vocal ability of Ledisi. And this was her best performance yet. There is something inherently powerful, inspiring and remarkable watching a woman live and stand in her truth, and it was evident from the very beginning of the show that Ledisi is a woman no longer confined to a box. She’s lifted the constraints; broken the chains of societal conformity, and has fully embraced her authentic self. Through five costume changes, Ledisi, with her locks steadily swinging, gave us her truth with each note, vocal improvisation and dance moves. Ledisi dancing? Yes you read that right, and sistagirl has some great moves! “Yes honey, this is the new me, and I’m not ashamed of it! Actually, this has been me all along; I just haven’t been able to express myself!” she said. With hips swaying during That Good Good, she switched from her short black and white polka-dotted halter dress, to an all-black and silver ensemble for Rock With You and Bravo. You know you can SANG when the microphone is down by your navel yet it picks up every word coming out of your mouth. And that right there is proof of what makes her standout from what’s playing on popular radio today. Ledisi is a truly powerful soul singer who can hold her own against the greats. Every Ledisi show I’ve attended always ends with a message of encouragement, and Wednesday night was no exception. Leading up to the inspirational song Alright, Ledisi reflected back to the time when she was ready to give up and leave music. One conversation with her mother changed everything and helped her create the song Alright. “Right at the brink of giving up I called my mom and said, ‘Mom, I think I’m going to quit; I just don’t fit in.’ She said, ‘Ledisi, I don’t want to hear all that; you’re going through some things but you gonna be alright.’ And I said, ‘Dang that sounds like a song.’ Now she wants 15 percent every time.” My greatest take away from the show: A woman should never lose her “walk.” What Ledisi gave the night I saw her was an unforgettable, was she really singing and dancing while maintaining great vocal integrity performance that won't soon be forgotten. And she achieved this all while looking flawless and fabulous!

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Ledisi Anibade Young has gained both critical and commercial notoriety for her soulful R & B since releasing her debut album 'Soulsinger: The Revival' in 2000. A bold title yet when after seeing Ledisi perform live you realise the label is entirely justified as she completely embodies everything that the genre of soul stands for and creates music very true to these values.

She has been consistently releasing music since 2000 and the reputation of her live show has grown at an alarming rate. The singer now has no problem packing out venues of people wanting to hear that incredibly rich vocal. Away from her brilliant voice, Young is an incredible front woman and builds instant rapport with her crowd through her sincere and modest personality.

The way in which she plays with her band is also wonderful to see as all the musicians clearly enjoy working together and feel passionate for the music they create. Ledisi successfully proves that she is very much a bonafide soul revival.

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Ledisi is one if my favorite R&B singers. I've been fown with her even before she got signed. I did understand the tribute she was giving to the legendary Nina Simone. Her band had legendary musicians behind her. Including another favorite Patrice Russen. The two sets were great filled with amazing back up singers. They did 16 songs frim a catalog than is huge. I just had a wish that they would have done some of their own hits.

I had cheap seats up in the upper balcony. The legendary Apollo. Theatre is an old building. This is not modern stadium seats. I was cramped in my seat next to a guy bigger than me.

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It was hype, but what made it even better for seat 3 and 4 on Row E. LOL Ledisi stood right beside me at the concert on a chair!!!! Gave us words of wisdom while her voice belched out proudly I'm a woman, a woman, a woman, woman, WOMAN! Wooooo! The crowd was electrified throughout the moments. Leela James was AWESOME and Raheem he did not fail us! My partner and I enjoyed ourselves! She was the one with the purple in her buns. I loved it and as soon as Ledisi decides to come home again we will purchase some more tickets!

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The show did not get started until almost 9. Tweet was very late and only sang two songs. I was really there to see tweet not let us see or Melanie Fiona. However since the two of them actually got to do their whole set the night wasn't a total waste. Standing room only is pretty tough on your legs for 4 hours. So make sure you're wearing super comfy shoes if you go to this venue. I'm very upset at the lateness of tweet and the lack of performance.

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Ledisi was phenomenal at the Hollywood Bowl along with Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Judith Hill, the band Patrice Rushen, Mindi Abair etc this was the best concert ever. OMG OMG wow these ladies are very soulful and collaborative with such fierce intensity and masterful scatting skills. They Rocked the house especially when they did their versions of Natalie Cole they put their own swag on it.

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Awesome show! Ledisi and Gregory Porter did their thing! She was very I tuned with the crowd. I especially like how she called out the people taking pictures and videos. It was very distracting to those of us who tried to vibe, but had to deal with camera flashes and bright lights. Other than that, I would recommend anyone who love the sound of a pure vocalist to go see her perform.

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amazing! it was my fourth time seeing her live. she never disappoints when it comes to live performances. everyone should see her live. it's an absolute must! her opening acts were Leela James and Raheem DeVaughn. everyone started on time. very prompt and professional. as well as putting on a great show. no complaints this way.

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Ledisi has such a dynamic voice with a soulful groove. Kept me on my feet. Plus being in the very first row, right in front of the stage was a bonus. Although the concert was on a weeknight, it was well worth staying up for. Awesome performance. Can't wait to see her again !

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This is Sistah has Class, great vocal skills and pretty good dance moves! Loved the show. Will Definitely recommend people to attend her performance! The band was very good. The music did not drown out the solist, I could hear the words clearly.

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Kem and ledisi announce ‘soul ii soul’ joint tour.

Musiq Soulchild will join as the supporting act.

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Kem wearing navy suit, Ledisi wearing gold kaftan dress with metallic belt, announce tour

KEM and Ledisi have announced they will reunite on a co-headlining tour in February 2023.

The Soul II Soul Tour will support the “Stuck On You” crooner’s esteemed catalog including his most recent EP, Full Circle as well as the “Pieces Of Me” songbird’s Ledisi Sings Nina , and The Wild Card .

Musiq Soulchild will be joining the soulful legends as the tour’s supporting act.

“I can’t overestimate the significance of the 2023 Soul II Soul Tour , which is a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of my career on the Motown label,” KEM, 53, tells VIBE exclusively. “My debut album Kemistry was released in February 2003. The 20-year milestone of my music going both mainstream and global is exceptionally significant to me, and this upcoming tour will give me the opportunity to share my sincere gratitude with the fans who have supported me for two decades, and who continue to join me on my musical journey of love .”

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Musiq also shared with VIBE, “I’m excited to be on the ‘Soul II Soul Tour’ and honored to share the stage with other legends. Shoutout the fam to Kem and Ledisi. I encourage everybody to come out and experience this energy.”

The 24-city tour begins in February 2023 and wraps up in May with the R&B veterans hitting Los Angeles, New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis, and more.

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Earlier this year, KEM hit the road with Babyface for their joint endeavor, The Full Circle Tour , which supported his 2020 album, Love Always Wins. The Nashville native is additionally celebrating his 20th anniversary of being signed to Motown Records . He will be honoring the feat with a new live album, slated for a Nov. 25 release.

Ledisi won her first Grammy in 2021 for Best Traditional R&B Performance with “ Anything For You .” The record was her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart and remained there for two weeks. Aside from being named the first Artist-In-Residence at Berklee’s Institute Of Jazz And Gender Justice, fans can watch her portrayal as Mahalia Jackson in Hulu’s Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story , streaming now.

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Earlier this year, Kem embarked on a major co-headlining concert tour, and he has big plans to do it again in the new year. Only this time, instead of sharing the stage with the living legend Babyface as he did on The Full Circle Tour , Kem will be joined by lovely legend-in-the-making Ledisi on what is being dubbed The Soul II Soul Tour .

This tour is a reunion of sorts for Kem and Ledisi who previously toured together on his Intimacy Tour in 2011 and last united in song at the Soul Train Awards 2014 to perform the duet "If It's Love." The soulful pair have enough hits and album cuts between the two of them to keep audiences entertained for hours, but they're making room for another heavy hitter on the bill as the show's opening act. Musiq Soulchild will be their special guest, and he'll surely bring his deep catalog of songs with him for the cross-country journey.

The Soul II Soul Tour begins on February 9, 2023 in Columbia, South Carolina, and will take the trio of artists North, South, East, West and numerous points on in between. They'll hit major U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston and Washington, D.C. The tour will pull into a total of 24 cities and is scheduled to wrap on May 12, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

If neo-soul and R&B music is your love language, you honestly can't beat Kem, Ledisi and Musiq Soulchild on the same ticket. Speaking of tickets, if you'd like to attend The Soul II Soul Tour, tickets officially go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 28th at 10 am local time and will be available for purchase via the tour website , where you can also find out additional information for each city.

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Ledisi Announces, “The Good Life Tour” Tickets on Sale Now

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( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Latest Single and Holiday Performances by Ledisi

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L edisi , the Grammy Award-winning artist has released her latest single “Sell Me No Dreams.”   This song can be streamed via Listen Back Entertainment/BMG . The new release is the follow-up to her #1 Billboard sensation, “I Need To Know,” Produced by G.A.D. and Shoji. With Ledisi’s signature blend of her soulful elegance, her upcoming tour starts March 6th and tickets have been on sale since December 1st.

“The Good Life Tour” will stop at various cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Detroit, ending in Ledisi’s hometown in Oakland, CA, on April 14. The tour will feature Raheem DeVaughn and BJ the Chicago Kid along with some exclusive meet-and-greets. Ledisi’s most recent tribute performance was to Patti LaBelle, where she gave her own twist to the 1984 hit song “New Attitude.” On CMT’s “Smashing Glass: A Celebration of Groundbreaking Women of Music.” This celebration also featured country duo The War & Treaty where they performed “On My Own.”

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As for spreading Holiday cheer, Ledisi performed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington DC which aired on CBS Dec. 15th. Some guest stars there were Dionne Warwick, Darren Criss, Reneé Rapp, and more. Ledisi and the guest stars gave an unforgettable performance as they sang holiday classics.

The Good Life Tour Dates Date                 City                       Venue March 6            York, PA                Appell Center for the Performing Arts*** March 7            Newark, NJ           Prudential Center* March 8            Rochester, NY      The Theater at Innovation Square*** March 9            Philadelphia, PA   The Met Philadelphia* March 12          Boston, MA           The Wilbur*** March 13          New Haven, CT    Shubert Theatre*** March 15          Oxon Hill, MD       The Theater at MGM National Harbor* March 16          Baltimore, MD       The Lyric* March 17          Durham, NC          Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)* March 19          Richmond, VA       Dominion Energy Center* March 21          Charlotte, NC        Ovens Auditorium* March 22          Louisville, KY        Louisville Palace Theatre* March 23          St. Louis, MO        Stifel Theatre* March 24          Nashville, TN        Ryman Auditorium* March 26          Columbus, OH      Mershon Auditorium* March 28          Indianapolis, IN     Murat Theatre at Old National Centre* March 29          Detroit, MI             Fisher Theatre** March 30          Chicago, IL           The Chicago Theatre** April 1               Atlanta, GA           Atlanta Symphony Hall *** April 3               Birmingham, AL    Alabama Theatre* April 5               New Orleans, LA  Mahalia Jackson Theater* April 6               Houston, TX          Bayou Music Center* April 7               Dallas, TX             Music Hall at Fair Park** April 10             Ft. Collins, CO      The Lincoln Center*** April 12             Chandler, AZ         Chandler Center for the Arts*** April 13             Inglewood, CA       YouTube Theater* April 14             Oakland, CA          Fox Theater*

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The Soul II Soul Tour Announced in the U.S.!

Get ready to see three of America’s contemporary R&B greats because Ledisi is going on tour with Kem and special guest Musiq Soulchild! The three stars have 30 Grammy Award nominations among them, with Ledisi winning the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance. You don’t want to miss this star-studded event! This site has all the tickets at a great price point.

They’re sure to play the chart toppers, such as “Anything for You,” “Why Would You Stay,” and “I Do,” along with collaborative numbers unique to the tour! Get ready for a night of soulful romance and click the links below to get your Ledisi Tour tickets today!

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Ledisi, the multi-talented, 14-time GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter, and actress, returns to Chandler to deliver a captivating performance, wowing attendees with her powerhouse vocals. She will belt out her chart-topping hits, including "Alright," "Pieces of Me," "High," and "Anything for You,” leaving it all out on the stage. She’ll also treats fans to powerful renditions of classic soul and jazz standards. Her emotionally charged performance will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, leaving you inspired, moved, and yearning for more.

“As a contemporary vocalist, there’s almost no one I can think of in the world that sings as skillfully as she does. In terms of her range, dexterity, clarity, versatility, she can do anything she wants. She’s one of the great singers in the world, period.” - John Legend   


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(November 30, 2023) Ledisi fans will be thrilled to know that the Grammy winning soul singer will very busy over the next few months. She just announced that she will be embarking on a 27-city tour. The “Good Life Tour” starts on March 6 in York, Pa. But fans will see and hear plenty from Ledisi right now,

Ledisi will be performing at broadcast of the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 15, where she will be sharing the spotlight with some heavyweight talent, including Samara Joy and Dionne Warwick. Ledisi also dropped a new single, so fans who attend next year’s tour know they will hear new material along with Ledisi’s many hits.

That song, “Sell Me No Dreams,” is featured in this First Listen. The track is classic Ledisi. It fuses Ledisi’s soulful and honest vocals with lyrical content that is aimed squarely at people who truthfulness, transparency and commitment in a relationship.

“Sell Me No Dreams” is a track where Ledisi combines her classic soul vocal stylings and timeless message with right now production techniques. The result is a song that has widespread appeal. The message of a woman who lets her man know that she’s done listening to empty promises is one that a soul singer is uniquely positioned to deliver. Check out “Sell Me No Dreams” here.

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Ledisi has announced the dates for her headlining  The Good Life Tour.  R&B crooners Raheem DeVaughn and BJ The Chicago Kid will join Ledisi as supporting acts at select stops. 

The upcoming trek begins at Appell Center for the Performing Arts on March 6, 2024, in York, Pennsylvania.

From there, Ledisi will play in cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta and Houston.

The Good Life Tour concludes April 14, 2024, in Ledisi’s hometown, Oakland, California, at Fox Theater. 

Tickets for  The Good Life Tour  go on sale Friday, Dec. 1. There will also be a limited number of meet-and-greet packages for Ledisi. 


Ledisi’s tour announcement arrives with her freshly released single “Sell Me No Dreams,” produced by G.A.D. and Shoji.

The no-nonsense anthem is the follow-up to Ledisi’s “ I Need To Know ,” which topped Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart for two weeks. 

Ledisi will be supporting her upcoming album that will release on Listen Back Entertainment/BMG. A release date has not been set for the album at this time.

Raheem DeVaughn

DeVaughn will be supporting his latest projects,  Fall in Love   and  Summer of Love , as well as other material from his extensive discography. 

“ Fall In Love is my latest offering with a twist of Soul/R&B fused with a futuristic ’90s nostalgia,” said DeVaughn.

“It is my ode to my loyal fans and is a continuation from the instant classic, Summer of Love. This new release aims to appeal to all of the senses and to have listeners and fans alike reminded that love is the highest vibration.”

BJ The Chicago Kid

As for BJ The Chicago Kid, the 7x Grammy nominee will give concertgoers a taste of his new album,  Gravy. It was released Nov. 10 on RCA Records in partnership with Yeti Beats’ Reach The World Records.

Gravy  features contributions from Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Andra Day, Robert Glasper, Coco Jones, Chlöe, Freddie Gibbs and Cory Henry. 

See Ledisi’s tour dates below.

Ledisi’s  The Good Life Tour  2024 Dates

Mar 6 — York, PA @ Appell Center for the Performing Arts***

Mar 7 — Newark, NJ @ Prudential Hall*

Mar 8 — Rochester, NY @ The Theater at Innovation Square***

Mar 9 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia*

Mar 12 — Boston, MA @ The Wilbur***

Mar 13 — New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theatre***

Mar 15 — Oxon Hill, MD @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor*

Mar 16 — Baltimore, MD @ The Lyric*

Mar 17 — Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)*

Mar 19 — Richmond, VA @ Dominion Energy Center*

Mar 21 — Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium*

Mar 22 — Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theatre*

Mar 23 — St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre*

Mar 24 — Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*

Mar 26 — Columbus, OH @ Mershon Auditorium*

Mar 28 — Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre*

Mar 29 — Detroit, MI @ Fisher Theatre**

Mar 30 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre**

Apr 1 — Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall ***

Apr 3 — Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre*

Apr 5 — New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theater*

Apr 6 — Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center*

Apr 7 — Dallas, TX @ Music Hall at Fair Park**

Apr 10 — Ft. Collins, CO @ The Lincoln Center***

Apr 12 — Chandler, AZ @ Chandler Center for the Arts***

Apr 13 — Inglewood, CA @ YouTube Theater*

Apr 14 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*

*Raheem DeVaughn performing **BJ The Chicago Kid will open ***An Evening With… Performance 

Get tickets to  The Good Life Tour  at Ledisi’s official website . 

Ledisi The Good Life Tour 2024 Dates

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Ledisi Tickets

Buy tickets to the next ledisi concert.

Tickets to Ledisi shows are available now right here at Event Tickets Center! Many of her shows have sold out elsewhere, but not here. Event Tickets Center has a limited number of tickets available for her next several shows. Prices start at $104, but can range all the way up to $947. So, you need to act fast before ticket prices rise. If you are on the fence about going to see Ledisi live, we have conveniently laid out some of the most important information about her. Listen to some of her most popular music via the playlist below and read up on some of her background and biggest achievements. Find the event you want to attend in the event list below, so you can purchase your tickets to go see Ledisi live!

About Ledisi

Ledisi is a solo artist that has reached mainstream status across the R&B/Soul category. Ledisi has released 11 live and studio albums and 13 singles on Spotify that string all the way back to Jan 1, 2007 with her debut album titled Lost And Found . Her most recent album release was Ledisi Sings Nina on Jul 23, 2021.

Ledisi's Popularity

Ledisi's steady growth has led to an overall artist ranking of 15,404 on Spotify in the United States. This is largely fueled by 707,273 listeners and 629,274 followers on Spotify, but she also reaches an additional 8,230,573 listeners on Spotify through playlists. Additionally, Ledisi has a robust following on social media with 945,509 followers on Instagram. She averages 1,938,008 videos on YouTube and her top video on TikTok has 17,733,603 views on the social media platform. There are also 34,385 posts on Tik Tok with Ledisi's tracks featured on them. Ledisi is most listened to in Atlanta in the United States.

Ledisi as an Artist

You likely recognize Ledisi by her top tracks which include "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?", "Give Love On Christmas Day", and "Alright". You might also listen to Ledisi due to her earliest albums such as Lost And Found , It's Christmas , and Turn Me Loose , but you may have heard of her from similar artists such as Kem, Floetry, and Eric Benét.

Ledisi's Appearances On Music Charts

Ledisi is pretty familiar with Apple's Top Album Chart, as she has featured on the United States version of the chart 4 times. Her best showing on the chart came on Jul 30, 2021. Ledisi peaked as high as 1 for her album, Ledisi Sings Nina .

Ledisi Discography

Ledisi top tracks, similar artists to ledisi, meet ledisi.

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  • Date Apr. 13 , 2024

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"Get ready for a musical revolution! Grammy-winning artist Ledisi is set to drop her new single, "Sell Me No Dreams," the follow-up to her #1 single "I Need To Know," which soared to the top of the Billboard R&B Charts, off her highly anticipated 2024 album.

Undeterred by the pandemic, she launched her own label, Listen Back Entertainment, and unveiled "The Wildcard" LP, featuring the #1 Grammy Award-winning hit “Anything For You,” which secured her win in the “Best Traditional R&B Performance” category. The album's success catapulted Ledisi into sold-out shows nationwide.

A vocal powerhouse, Ledisi's venture into jazz with "Ledisi Sings Nina" garnered acclaim, with The New York Times hailing her bravura self-assurance and included a sold-out show at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. With 14 Grammy nominations, 3 Soul Train Music Awards, and 19 NAACP Image Award Nominations, Ledisi's impact spans music, film, and television.

Beyond the stage, she's a vocal advocate as a Trustee of the Recording Academy, Los Angeles Chapter, and an Honorary Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 

A seasoned presence in film and television, Ledisi made her mark with roles in George Clooney's "Leatherheads," the Oscar-nominated "Selma," and the impactful "The Tale Of Four." Transitioning to television, she portrayed Patti LaBelle on BET's American Soul and shone in FX's "POSE" and "Twice Bitten" on BET Plus. In 2022, she wowed fans as Mahalia Jackson in "Remember Me" and embodied the essence of Gladys Knight in the biopic "Spinning Gold.”

An author and entrepreneur, Ledisi is a creative force redefining the entertainment landscape. As she prepares to launch more groundbreaking projects, Ledisi, a black woman, wife, bonus mom, daughter, sister, storyteller, advocate, and businesswoman, owns her lane like never before. It's not just music; it's a journey, and Ledisi is at the helm of this exciting new chapter!"

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Event starts 7:30 pm.

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Totally Tubular Festival

Event starts 7:15 pm.

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With dylan scott, event starts 7:00 pm.

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The collab - hilarious insights and expanding ideas with special guests baron davis, marshall faulk & more.

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Destroy All Enemies Tour

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With special guest thomas day.

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The future of relationships, love & desire.

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"La Bayadere"  (ballet in 3 acts) will take place at the  Main stage of Bolshoi Theatre  on  21-22 October 2023 .

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2023 Tour de France watch guide: Everything to know to get ready for the 110th edition

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The Super Bowl of cycling is back.

Jonas Vingegaard will attempt to defend his title in the 110th Tour de France, which starts July 1. Last year's win was the Danish rider's first victory as he beat the favored Tadej Pogacar with impressive performances in the mountains.

The yellow jersey is up for grabs again as Pogacar will be racing after suffering a broken wrist in April. Other notable participants include Spain's Mikel Landa and Enric Mas, France's David Gaudu and Australia's Jai Hindley and Ben O'Connor.

American team Trek-Segafredo will rebrand at the end of this month and race as Lidl-Trek for the Tour de France. Mattias Skjelmose, 22, won the Tour de Suisse on Sunday and the Dane will be seeking to carry that momentum into the Tour de France.

This year's route starts in Bilbao, Spain before its celebratory conclusion in Paris, France.

Here's everything you need to know for the 2023 Tour de France:

When is the 2023 Tour de France

The 2023 Tour de France starts on July 1 and races through July 23.

How to watch the 2023 Tour de France

The Tour de France will be televised on NBC, NBC Sports and USA Network.

How to live stream the 2023 Tour de France

The Tour de France will be live streamed on Peacock.

Who are the analysts for the 2023 Tour de France

Phil Liggett returns as play-by-play for his 51st Tour de France. He will work alongside veteran analyst and former Tour de France participant Bob Roll. Steve Porino and Christian Vande Velde will report from the scene.

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Here’s Who Is Performing Friday Night At The 2024 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture

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With the 2024 ESSENCE Festival of Culture only a few weeks away, people across the country are preparing this monumental event taking place in the amazing city of New Orleans from July 4 – 7. The opening night of the Evening Concert Series at Caesar’s Superdome features a star-studded lineup of amazing performers, including its headliner, Birdman, who will be celebrating “30 Years Of Cash Money.”

Hosted by Pretty Vee and Punkie Johnson, with sounds curated by DJ Raj Smoove, Friday includes something for everyone, regardless of one’s music palette. In addition to the main event, the night also includes a highly-anticipated set from Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer and producer, Raphael Saadiq. Attendees can also catch a medley performance from The Roots, who will incorporate sets with country star Mickey Guyton, songstress Ari Lennox, and the iconic T-Pain.

Here’s Who Is Performing Friday Night At The 2024 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture

For a huge dose of hip-hop, Busta Rhymes will hit the stage to deliver several of his hits during a career spanning over three decades. Jacquees, who is currently signed to Bryan “Birdman” Williams’ Cash Money imprint will perform as well, adding a bit of traditional R&B to the evening’s mixture of sounds. 

The ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola® will take place July 4-7. For more information and updates on the festival, visit our website and follow us on social media @ESSENCEFest on X , Facebook , and Instagram .

Ahead of next month’s celebration, let’s take a look at who’s performing Friday night at the 2024 Evening Concert Series at Caesar’s Superdome.

Bryan Williams, better known by his stage names “Birdman” or “Baby,” co-founded Cash Money Records with his older brother Ronald “Slim” Williams in 1991. In addition to being a member of The Big Tymers with Mannie Fresh, Williams also released four solo albums— Birdman (2002), Fast Money (2005), 5 * Stunna (2007), and Priceless (2009).

Apart from his direct releases, Williams is best known for his discovery of B.G., Juvenile, Turk, and Lil Wayne, collectively known as The Hot Boys. As label-head of Cash Money Records, he has been central to the career and commercial success of Wayne, as well as future signees including Drake and Nicki Minaj, who were signed under Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment.

With his set at the 2024 ESSENCE Festival of Culture’s Evening Concert Series celebrating “30 Years of Cash Money,” attendees will have plenty of surprises to look forward to.

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Saadiq rose to fame as a member of the multi platinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! In the 1990s. In addition to his solo and group career, he has also produced songs for such artists as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Total, D’Angelo, TLC, En Vogue, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Whitney Houston, Solange Knowles and John Legend.

In 1998, Saadiq departed from his group following the release of their final studio album House of Music . The following year, Saadiq contacted Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Dawn Robinson to form a new supergroup, and the three began recording an album under the name Lucy Pearl. In 2017, Saadiq was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the song “Mighty River” from the Netflix film Mudbound .

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Fresh off of the success of this year’s Roots Picnic, the Philadelphia-based collective continues to stake their claim as one of the greatest groups of all-time. Known for their jazzy and eclectic approach to hip hop featuring live musical instruments, the group’s work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. Now, they serve as the house band for the popular late night talk show on NBC, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon .

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Joining The Roots on Friday is the country star Mickey Guyton, who incorporates elements of contemporary country, pop, and R&B within her music. In 2020, in the wake of the George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, Guyton released the single “Black Like Me”, which speaks to her experiences as a Black woman in country music. The song helped further elevate Guyton’s career and resulted in her first ever nomination at the Grammy Awards, becoming the first Black woman to ever be nominated in the Best Country Solo Performance category.

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Hailing from Washington, D.C., Ari Lennox was the first female artist to be signed to J. Cole’s imprint, Dreamville Records. Throughout her career, she’s released two critically-acclaimed albums— Shea Butter Baby (2019) and Age/Sex/Location (2022). She’s been nominated for several awards by Soul Train and the NAACP, as well as a Grammy nomination for her appearance on the compilation, Revenge of the Dreamers III .

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Rounding out The Roots’ set is T-Pain, who burst onto the scene in 2005 with the single “I’m Sprung.” Since then, he’s appeared on nine Billboard Hot 100-top ten singles, including “Good Life” and “Blame It,” which won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance, respectively. Known for popularizing the usage of auto-tune T-Pain remains a pioneer in the music industry.

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Busta Rhymes was an original member of Leaders of the New School, eventually going solo after a few years with the group. He released his first solo album The Coming in 1996, which contained the successful single “Woo Hah!! I Got You All In Check.” Throughout his 30-year career, Busta released 11 solo projects, including 2023’s Blockbusta , and has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards.

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This Georgia native has been making music for almost two decades. Following the success of his first EP I Am Jacquees , he again released an independently distributed project, 19 , which debuted at number 15 on the US Billboard Top R&B Albums. The EP gained the recognition of Birdman , prompting the latter to sign him to his imprint, Cash Money Records. With three albums, five EPs, and a slew of singles under his belt, the singer continues to shine in the spotlight.

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Russia’s fighters are waging bloody battles in Ukraine’s east to add to its captured territory.

Moscow supports this war effort with soldiers from outside the regular army, including some from a training camp in Chechnya.

Some join for the money, others to escape everyday drudgery, and some fight out of patriotism. But there are tearful goodbyes.

Soldiers trained in Chechnya range from battle tested mercenaries to raw recruits without combat experience.

Mayhem awaits them, as evident in the devastation of the city of Bakhmut.

Inside the Chechen Units Helping to Fight Russia’s War

Photographs by Nanna Heitmann

Text by Neil MacFarquhar

Nanna Heitmann spent time observing Russian troops training in Chechnya, then later traveled to Bakhmut, Ukraine. Neil MacFarquhar reported from New York.

A hulking military transport plane roared onto the tarmac at the main airfield in Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic in southeastern Russia, and a group of 120 volunteer fighters heading for Ukraine clambered aboard.

Dressed in camouflage, the newly minted troops had just completed at least 10 days of training in Gudermes, near Grozny, at the Special Forces University, which accepts men from across Russia for general military instruction.

Some of the trainees lacked any combat experience. Others were veterans returning to Ukraine for their second or third tour — including former mercenaries from the Wagner militia, disbanded in 2023 after a short-lived mutiny against the Kremlin.

Six soldiers kneeling on cardboard to pray. They are all dressed in camouflage.

Some Wagner fighters, chafing at the idea of working for the Russian Defense Ministry, instead transferred whole units to the Chechen-trained forces, known as Akhmat battalions, intended in part to absorb fighters from outside the Russian Army. Wagner veterans were often first recruited from prison, including a lean man with a gold front tooth, identified only by his military call sign, “Jedi,” because of the potential for retribution.

“Go for your Fatherland? What kind of Fatherland? It kept me in prison all my life,” said Jedi, 39, a construction laborer who was convicted of robbery and fraud. In and out of jail since 14, he had six months left on a six-year sentence when he signed up.

“The volunteers go for the money,” he said. “I have yet to meet anyone here for the ideology.” He also wanted a clean slate, he said.

Fat signing bonuses plus payments of about $2,000 per month, at least double the average wage in Russia, have spurred recruitment.

The training near Grozny highlights the evolution of ethnic loyalties that is manifest in this war. Some of those now training there were last in Chechnya as young conscripts for the Russian Army, fighting against Chechens who were part of the separatist movement.

The participation of some Chechens represents another inversion of history: After hundreds of years of enmity with Russia, Chechens were deploying to Ukraine to fight Moscow’s war.

The separatist movement of the 1990s culminated in two brutal wars against Moscow that lasted intermittently for over a decade. The city of Grozny was flattened, and tens of thousands of Chechens died.


Chechnya is ruled by the strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. Portraits of him and his father, Akhmat Kadyrov, can be seen all over Grozny.

Grozny, the capital, was entirely rebuilt after the Russian military flattened it during the Chechen wars.

The history of those wars is not commemorated the way other conflicts are, such as World War II.

A downtown photo exhibit chronicles both the devastation and reconstruction of the city.

Few traces of Grozny’s destruction remain. Today, new mosques and luxury boutiques stand amid the skyscrapers.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the authoritarian leader of Chechnya, has taken an aggressive stance toward Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in February 2022. Chechen forces have claimed an instrumental role in some key battles, including the siege of Mariupol early in the war.

But Mr. Kadyrov has faced accusations that he has refrained from sending his fighters full-bore into the fight, with Chechens dying in fewer numbers than soldiers from other minority areas. Sparing his fighters keeps intact his private militia, the core of the security forces that ensure his rule in Chechnya.

Instead, Mr. Kadyrov has tried to underscore his loyalty to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia by pouring resources into this military training center. The regimen consists of live fire exercises with artillery, some mining and demining instruction and first aid.

The various Akhmat battalions were named, like so much in Chechnya, after Mr. Kadyrov’s father, Akhmat Kadyrov, who switched sides to join Moscow in the separatist struggle and was then assassinated in 2004.

Russia has recruited troops for its war effort wherever it could find them, seeking to minimize the need for a draft. In 2022, it lifted an almost blanket ban on Chechens serving in the Russian military, fallout from the separatist movement.

Of the group being dispatched to Ukraine last fall from the tarmac in Grozny, many were in their 30s and 40s, and fewer than 10 were Chechens. Despite Jedi’s claims, money is not the sole motivation.

Some fled troubled domestic lives. Others wanted to escape daily drudgery. Some, of course, profess to be fighting out of patriotism. Many of the men agreed to talk on the condition that they be identified by only their first names or military call signs for fear of retribution.

Anatoly, 24, was among 10 men who volunteered together from a small farming village high in the mountains in the picturesque, south-central Altai region. “My father forced me to shovel snow, to work, to clear out the dung from the cows,” he said. “I ran away from this work to do something else. Every year is the same.” He admitted that the money was an incentive, too.

Another rural worker, a 45-year-old shepherd who uses the call sign “Masyanya,” traveled about 4,500 kilometers from the Republic of Khakassia for the training. “I’m going to defend my motherland, so the war doesn’t come here,” he said.

The contract with the Akhmat battalion lasts only four months, a big incentive when compared with the open-ended deployments for regular soldiers.

Last fall, Mr. Kadyrov formed a new unit, the Sheikh Mansour battalion, named after an 18th-century imam who fought against the Russian Empire. The soldiers are all Chechens or from the small, neighboring republics in the mountainous Caucasus region, and are mostly in their 20s. Chechens fighting for Ukraine against Russia named their battalion after Sheikh Mansour first, and now Mr. Kadyrov is trying to reclaim the name.

Turpal, 20, was working as a security guard for a large supermarket chain in Moscow when he got permission from his father to sign up for the new unit, saying that he wanted to fight against “those devils who are in Ukraine who want to bring their perverted ideas here.”

As he left to go back to the training center after a weekend visiting his parents, he hugged his mother and shook hands with his father. “Russia has been fighting for all its existence,” said Mayrali, Turpal’s father. “You can’t beat it. It is better for Chechnya to be with Russia than to be against Russia.”

Wagner veterans serve in the Sheikh Mansour battalion, too. A 35-year-old fighter who uses the call sign “Dikiy,” or “Wild,” said that he had served 18 months of a nearly 10-year sentence for murder when he signed up. He fought in Ukraine for 11 months, was wounded three times and still gets fierce headaches.

Back in Chechnya, he found the idea of working for $200 per month demoralizing, so he returned to the war. “I don’t know how to do anything else,” he said.

The Akhmat troops are better equipped than the regular army; unlike some regular Russian soldiers, they do not have to buy their own basic equipment.

Jedi said that when he first deployed with Wagner in Ukraine, some young men in the Russian Army came running up begging for supplies, for fuel and for bread. “In Akhmat, I don’t even wash my socks. I wear them, throw them away, wear them,” he said. “The same applies to underwear and bed linen. We have everything.”

Moscow subsidizes an estimated 80 percent of Chechnya’s budget, though it is unclear how much goes to military training.

At the airfield, before the battalion departed, a senior officer lined up the new soldiers to wish them good luck. “Are the fighters ready?” he shouted. “Yes sir,” they barked in unison, followed by the Muslim expression “Allahu akbar!” or “God is great!” plus the Chechen war cry, “Akhmat Sila!” or “Akhmat rules!”

Once they arrived in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, some of the men were assigned to maintain Russian control over Bakhmut, now an abandoned husk of a city after months of fierce fighting.

The streets are deserted, especially during the day, when Ukrainian drones roam overhead, hunting for targets. On foggy days, fighters can sometimes be glimpsed walking through the rubble.

Traffic rumbles to life at night, when the wounded from battles scattered around the Bakhmut region are evacuated. The roads are littered with burned cars and ambulances.

While the war grinds relentlessly above ground, the roar of artillery and exploding shells does not penetrate far beneath the surface, where the Akhmat forces have taken over a field hospital first set up by Wagner.

The Bakhmut region was once famous for its sparkling wine, and the hospital operates in the maze of underground tunnels where tens of thousands of bottles remain stored along the walls. (The prohibition on drinking it by both Wagner and Akhmat has been largely respected.) Once a tourist attraction, the old décor is still intact; dusty plaster statues of ancient gods loom over the wounded.

The caves are wide enough to accommodate at least two vans abreast, and several times a day, vehicles ferrying the wounded and the dead navigate the darkened, fog-shrouded labyrinth. Soldiers leap from the vehicles and quickly carry their often groaning comrades on stretchers to the makeshift stabilization point.


In Bakhmut, wounded Russian soldiers are treated at an underground hospital.

Though Russian forces captured the city last year, fighting in the vicinity remains fierce.

Medical personnel operate in rooms set up in a warren of tunnels that once served as a wine cellar.

The wounded are ferried on stretchers day and night as explosions boom in the distance.

Wounded soldiers wait to get treated at the underground hospital.

One of the surgeons, Bulya, 34, has worked for Wagner, mostly in Africa, since 2017. On trips to Moscow, he said, people there reacted to seeing him in his fatigues like “dirt under your fingernails,” but in Chechnya, he found more respect.

As losses pile up, Bulya said that he was eager for the Russian Army to make it to Kyiv. “I don’t need their negotiations,” he said using an expletive. “I hope that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin will do that, that we will go to the end. We will get there.”

Anastasia Trofimova contributed reporting from Grozny and Bakhmut.

Neil MacFarquhar has been a Times reporter since 1995, writing about a range of topics from war to politics to the arts, both internationally and in the United States. More about Neil MacFarquhar

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Inside the Russian effort to build 6,000 attack drones with Iran’s help

Leaked documents show that Moscow is progressing toward its goal of mass-producing UAVs it could use to pummel Ukrainian cities

The engineers at a once-bustling industrial hub deep inside Russia were busy planning. The team had been secretly tasked with building a production line that would operate around-the-clock churning out self-detonating drones, weapons that President Vladimir Putin’s forces could use to bombard Ukrainian cities.

A retired official of Russia’s Federal Security Service was put in charge of security for the program. The passports of highly skilled employees were seized so they could not leave the country. In correspondence and other documents, engineers used coded language: Drones were “boats,” their explosives were “bumpers,” and Iran — the country covertly providing technical assistance — was “Ireland” or “Belarus.”

This was Russia’s billion-dollar weapons deal with Iran coming to life in November, 500 miles east of Moscow in the Tatarstan region. Its aim is to domestically build 6,000 drones by summer 2025 — enough to reverse the Russian army’s chronic shortages of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, on the front line. If it succeeds, the sprawling new drone factory could help Russia preserve its dwindling supply of precision munitions, thwart Ukraine’s effort to retake occupied territory and dramatically advance Moscow’s position in the drone arms race that is remaking modern warfare.

Although Western officials have revealed the existence of the facility and Moscow’s partnership with Tehran, documents leaked from the program and obtained by The Washington Post provide new information about the effort by two self-proclaimed enemies of the United States — under some of the world’s heaviest sanctions — to expand the Kremlin’s drone program. Altogether, the documents indicate that, despite delays and a production process that is deeply reliant on foreign-produced electronic components, Moscow has made steady progress toward its goal of manufacturing a variant of the Iranian Shahed-136, an attack drone capable of traveling more than 1,000 miles.

The documents show that the facility’s engineers are trying to improve on Iran’s dated manufacturing techniques, using Russian industrial expertise to produce the drones on a larger scale than Tehran has achieved and with greater quality control. The engineers also are exploring improvements to the drone itself, including making it capable of swarm attacks in which the UAVs autonomously coordinate a strike on a target.

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OCT. 5, 2021

APRIL 4, 2023

Construction of facilities Alabuga later used to establish a drone production line.

Preliminary floor plan for part of the drone assembly line.

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Researchers at the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, who reviewed the documents pertaining to the production process at the request of The Post, estimated that work at the facility in the Republic of Tatarstan’s Alabuga Special Economic Zone is at least a month behind schedule. The facility has reassembled drones provided by Iran but has itself manufactured only drone bodies, and probably for not more than 300 of the UAVs, the researchers concluded. Alabuga is unlikely to meet its target date for the 6,000 drones, they said.

Even so, David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector who helped lead the research team that studied the documents, said: “Alabuga looks to be seeking a drone developmental capability that exceeds Iran’s.”

The Post obtained the documents from an individual involved in the work at Alabuga but who opposes Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The individual decided to expose details of the effort in the hope that international attention might lead to additional sanctions, potentially disrupting production and bringing the war to an end more quickly, the person told The Post.

“This was the only thing I could do to at least stop and maybe create some obstacles to the implementation of this project,” the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of safety concerns. “It has gone too far.”

The documents, dating from winter 2022 to spring 2023, include factory-floor blueprints, technical schematics, personnel records, memorandums provided to Iranian counterparts and presentations given to representatives of Russia’s Defense Ministry on the status of the effort code-named “Project Boat.” The Russian-language news outlet Protokol reported on some of the documents in July.

The team led by Albright and senior researcher Sarah Burkhard said the documents “appear authentic” and “go to great length to describe supply-chain procurement, production capabilities, manufacturing plans and processes, as well as plans to disguise and hide the production of Shahed drones.”

The research team found that the project faces challenges — including “doubt about its ability to reach its desired staffing levels” — but cautioned that Russia might be able to overcome those difficulties.

“Russia has a credible way of building over the next year or so a capability to go from periodically launching tens of imported Shahed-136 kamikaze drones against Ukrainian targets to more regularly attacking with hundreds of them,” Albright told The Post.

Albright said the disclosure of the records makes it difficult for Iran — which has publicly declared it is neutral in the war — to claim that it is not helping Moscow develop the ability to manufacture drones at Alabuga.

The Russian government and Alabuga did not respond to requests for comment from The Post. The Kremlin has dismissed reports that it is receiving assistance from Tehran on drones, saying that Russia relies on its own research and development .

Iran’s mission to the United Nations also did not respond to a request for comment.

‘The flying moped’

While Russia has made breakthroughs in air defense and hypersonic missiles, its military was late to prioritize drone technology. To catch up, Moscow has had to turn to Iran, one of the few nations willing to sell it military hardware.

Last summer, Russia began receiving secret shipments of Iranian drones — many of them Shaheds — that were quickly deployed to prop up its flagging war effort, U.S. and other Western officials have said.

Iran’s Shahed-136 — Russia calls the drone the Geran-2 — can carry a 118-pound explosive payload toward a target that is programmed in before launch. Because the drone is powered by a noisy propeller engine, some Ukrainians have dubbed it “the flying moped.”

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The Iranian Shahed-136

Russia is working toward manufacturing a variant of the Iranian drone, which it calls the Geran-2, to supplement its dwindling stockpile of precision weapons. The drone can deliver small payloads of explosives in self-detonating attacks.


Length: 11 feet

Max. speed:

Approx. weight: 440 pounds

Range: About 1,100 - 1,500 miles

Overhead view

Its nose contains a warhead and can be equipped with a camera.

Sources: Defense Express, AeroVironment


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Max. speed: 115 mph

Russia’s drones have struck targets deep inside Ukraine, degrading Kyiv’s precious air defenses and allowing Moscow to preserve its more expensive precision-guided missiles. The attacks, often targeting critical civilian infrastructure, have had a devastating impact on Ukraine’s war effort, knocking critical power grids offline and destroying grain stockpiles, according to Vladyslav Vlasiuk, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Those drones are much cheaper to produce compared to the damage they cause, and this is the problem,” Vlasiuk told The Post.

In November, a Kyiv-based think tank became one of the first nongovernmental organizations to examine the wreckage from a Russian Geran-2 drone downed in Ukraine. It found that key parts — the motor and warhead — were produced by Tehran. “We knew the drone was from Iran,” said Gleb Kanievskyi, the founder of the StateWatch think tank.

That month, Iran acknowledged it had provided drones to Russia but said it had done so only before the start of the war.

In the past three months, Russia has attacked Ukraine with more than 600 of the self-detonating Shahed-136 drones, according to an intelligence assessment produced by Kyiv in July and obtained by The Post.

Conflict Armament Research, a weapons-tracking group based in Britain, examined two drones downed last month and concluded based on components it found that the Kremlin has started producing “its own domestic version of the Shahed-136.”

The Post reported in November that Russian and Iranian officials had finalized a deal in which the self-detonating drones would be produced at the Alabuga Special Economic Zone, a government-backed manufacturing hub designed to attract foreign investment. The cooperation included the transfer of designs, training of production staff and provision of increasingly hard-to-source electronic components.

“This is a full-scale defense partnership that is harmful to Ukraine, to Iran’s neighbors and to the international community,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in June as the Biden administration confirmed plans by the two countries to build a drone production facility. Kirby said the plant “could be fully operational next year.”

Under the deal, the new documents show, Tehran agreed to sell Moscow what is effectively a franchise, with Iranian specialists sharing project documentation, locally produced or reverse-engineered components, and know-how. A document created in February by the project’s chief manager details the parameters of the effort and estimates the cost for some aspects of the project to be 151 billion rubles, more than $2 billion at the exchange rate at the time. Under agreements reached earlier, more than half of that sum was to go to Iran, which insisted on being paid in dollars or gold because of the volatility of the ruble, the individual who provided the documents said.

The effort — at a facility larger than 14 football fields and set to be expanded — is to be separated into three stages, according to a planning document. The first envisioned Iran’s delivery of disassembled drones that would be reassembled at the facility. The second called for the facility to produce airframes — the hollow bodies of the drones — that would be combined with Iranian-supplied engines and electronics. In the final and most ambitious stage, more than 4,000 drones would be produced with little Iranian assistance and delivered to the Russian military by September 2025.

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A three-stage plan

Below is a visualization of the production timeline, based on internal documents, that engineers set out late in 2022. Experts who reviewed the documents for The Post said work has probably been delayed.

100 units per month

600 total units

Iran was to deliver disassembled drones that would be reassembled at Alabuga.

170-180 units per month

1,332 total units

The facility is to produce airframes — the hollow bodies of the drones — that would be combined with Iranian supplied engines and electronics.

226 units per month

4,068 total units

In the third stage, Alabuga is to independently produce drones built with materials and components sourced largely by Russia. Under the facility’s contract, the last of those drones must be delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry by September 2025.

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Up to 170-180 units per month

The analysis conducted for The Post by the Institute for Science and International Security found that the facility’s production plan “appears to be feasible” but has “vulnerabilities that could disrupt its ability to fulfill its contract … or at least delay the fulfillment.”

Scarce components

The documents identify the sourcing of components required to build the Shahed-136 as an immediate challenge, after Western restrictions disrupted Russian access to foreign-produced electronics.

A detailed inventory, based on data provided to the Russians by Tehran, shows that over 90 percent of the drone system’s computer chips and electrical components are manufactured in the West, primarily in the United States. Only four of the 130 electronic components needed to build the drone are made in Russia, according to the document.

The research team led by Albright and Burkhard noted that none of the required items appears to be exclusively for use in military drones, and none is listed as a sensitive technology that is subject to export controls by the U.S. Commerce Department. The components would, however, fall under a near-blanket ban the United States recently imposed on the export of electronics to Russia, the team said.

The flight-control unit, used to pilot the drone, comprises 21 separate electronic components manufactured by the Dallas-based company Texas Instruments. At least 13 electronic components manufactured by the Massachusetts-based company Analog Devices are present in all of the drone’s major circuit boards, including an accelerometer critical for the craft’s operation that allows the UAV to navigate along a preprogrammed route if the GPS signal is lost.

One document highlights the need to develop a supply channel for various American components, including a Kintex-7 FPGA, a processor used in the drone’s navigation and communication system, made by a company that was acquired last year by California-based AMD. Without elaborating, another spreadsheet notes the domestic availability of Western-made components inside Russia and lists U.S.-based electronics distributors Mouser and DigiKey as potential suppliers.

AMD, DigiKey, Texas Instruments and Analog Devices told The Post that they comply with all U.S. sanctions and global export regulations and work to ensure that the products they make or distribute are not diverted to prohibited users. Mouser did not respond to requests for comment.

The documents do not suggest that any Western company directly supplied Iran or Russia with components used in production of the drone.

In response to questions from The Post, the White House said U.S. officials have worked to prevent Moscow from obtaining technology that might be used in its war against Ukraine and have imposed sanctions against those involved in the transfer of Iranian military equipment to Russia.

“As Russia searches for ways to evade our actions, the U.S. government, alongside allies and partners, will continue to ramp up our own efforts to counter such evasion,” Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said in a statement.

According to a breakdown of material requirements along with the status of negotiations with suppliers, Alabuga specialists were able to promptly source the materials required for manufacturing the airframe. Most of those components are supplied by Russian or Belarusian companies, and the Chinese company Metastar provided a sample of a material used to make the wings, the breakdown shows.

Metastar did not respond to a request seeking comment.

Other components proved harder to obtain. Documents highlighted a problem that perpetually plagues Russian military production: the lack of a capable domestic engine industry. The Shahed-136 is powered by a reverse-engineered German Limbach Flugmotoren L550E engine, which Iran illicitly obtained two decades ago.

To reach the final stage of the project, Russia would have to come up with its own version of the engine, which engineers described in internal documents as their most complex task. A spreadsheet created by a senior engineer on Nov. 5, titled “Questions asked to Iran at the very beginning of cooperation,” listed a request for a copy of the engine as “the most important point.”

“Better two: one to take apart, and after the chemical analysis it will not be functional; the second one is for comparative tests. The propeller is also needed for testing,” the engineer wrote. “We’ll copy it too.”

The questions — over 120 in total — were separated into thematic categories that include “policy” and “warhead,” and requested details on how Iran achieved mass production. They also asked “which countries are suppliers of electronic components.” The documents obtained by The Post do not show a response to that question.

The Alabuga team also requested a meeting with Mado, an Iranian company that produces engines and other components for UAVs with the help of illicitly obtained Western technology. Western governments imposed sanctions on the company late last year for its contribution to the war in Ukraine.

Subsequent documents include a detailed description of the re-engineered Limbach engine, known as the Mado MD550. The authors indicated that the description was compiled on the basis of the information “provided by Mado specialists.”

Efforts to reach Mado for comment were not successful.

Despite those challenges, Alabuga engineers have worked to improve the drones, the documents show. They have swapped out malfunctioning Chinese electronic components for more-reliable analogues, and they replaced a glue the Russians deemed defective and added waterproofing in a design overhaul of the airframe.

Struggling to staff up

Documents show that Alabuga has struggled to fill specialized positions at the facility, which was to have 810 employees for each of three shifts per day. The production team lacked experts in key and highly complex areas of drone development including electronic warfare systems.

Numerous Alabuga employees have traveled to drone manufacturing centers in Iran to gain expertise, according to personnel documents. Delegations included project managers and engineers, along with students and manual laborers.

While one group was visiting Tehran on Jan. 29, Israeli’s external intelligence service, the Mossad, carried out a strike on a weapons factory in the Iranian city of Isfahan, leaving flames billowing from a site believed to be a production hub for drones and missiles. Alabuga’s managers and engineers were forbidden to leave their hotel as Iranian officials worried that Israel might strike facilities the group was supposed to tour, according to the individual who provided the documents.

The documents also reveal that Central Asian workers who held low-level jobs at Alabuga were sent to Iran because they speak a language similar to Farsi. They were supposed to observe the assembly process on Iranian production sites, interpret for the rest of the delegation and undergo training that would allow them to build drones back in Russia.

By end of spring, an estimated 200 employees and 100 students had received training at the Iranian facilities, according to the documents and the individual.

Students from the local polytechnic university were required to work at the Alabuga factory as part of their curriculum, the Russian news outlet Razvorot reported in July.

Alabuga also has sought to recruit young people for menial assembly-line positions, with glitzy ads promising “a career of the future” and subsidized housing. One ad posted on Alabuga’s Telegram channels invites women ages 16 to 22 to relocate to the site and “build a promising career in the largest center for training specialists in the UAV production,” with a wage starting at $550 a month.

At the same time, the individual said, some workers have been uncomfortable with the idea of developing drones to pummel Ukraine and discontented by what they view as long work hours and poor management. To keep staffers and lure talent from rival manufacturers, Alabuga boosted salaries, budget documents show, with some key workers earning 10 times the median Russian salary. Management created obstacles to prevent employees from quitting, including seizing passports and requiring workers to seek sign-off before leaving their positions, according to the individual.

Damaged drones

The Russians had issues in dealing with the Iranian side. An estimated 25 percent of the drones shipped from Iran for Alabuga’s use and delivered by Russian Defense Ministry aircraft were damaged, according to the documents and the individual who provided them.

One document from February includes a log of damaged or faulty drones received in a second shipment of the UAVs from Iran — separated into the categories of “big boats” and “small boats,” which refer to the Shahed-136 and the Shahed-131, respectively, despite Alabuga’s mainly being interested in the former. The document indicates that 12 of the Iranian drones in the Feb. 15 delivery were inoperable, including one irreparably damaged when it was dropped on the ground.

“That was an interesting moment, because the initial agreement with Iran concerned only big Shahed drones, as the smaller 131 model is pretty useless — its payload is ten times lower compared to the 136 model, and it can maybe blow up a car,” the individual said. “But as you can see, Iran pressed its own conditions for the deal and supplied smaller models, many of them broken.”

The log shows that the Russian team lacked the expertise and replacement parts to repair the damaged or malfunctioning drones.

The team struggled to meet initial deadlines. A February memo shows that project managers warned their higher-ups about a 37-day delay in the schedule as communications with Iran were slowed by the Russian Defense Ministry’s bureaucracy and Iran’s failure to provide some technical documentation.

“Iranians aren’t used to working according to some high European standards, and I suspect they didn’t have a ready set of all documentation,” the person said.

Technicians suggested reverse-engineering a drone already in the possession of Russia’s Defense Ministry to create their own project documentation, but the request was denied as their managers feared it would be perceived as a failure on Alabuga’s part by military officials in Moscow, according to the individual.

“There was a political moment that if we say that we don’t have something, it would show our weakness and inability to implement such a complex project, so all problems were being swept under the rug,” the individual said.

Delivery of the drones and equipment to the production facility also was a challenge. The first Iranian shipments arrived at Begishevo Airport in Tatarstan with little advance notice. Staffers at Alabuga scrambled to sort out the basic logistics of transporting the cargo back to their warehouse, the individual said.

In one instance, after securing trucks to transport the shipment, the staffers realized they did not have a forklift to load the heavy wooden crates full of disassembled drones. An employee was dispatched to a nearby business to find an off-loader, only to realize after finding one that no one was qualified to operate it.

The individual related that boxes of drones were first stored in a nearly empty warehouse as the facility was not yet prepared even for simple tasks such as reattaching parts of the UAV body that had been disassembled for transportation.

“So they just unboxed them and tried to reassemble on the floor,” the individual added. “At the same time, they wanted to show the Defense Ministry that the process was ongoing, the facilities are being built, so they bought some tables and did a photo shoot to show how they are supposedly actively assembling these drones.”

High-ranking officials at Alabuga spent a week taking and retaking photos, according to the individual.

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