30 August, 2018Print
Angelique Kidjo Brings Her Radical Reimagining of Talking Heads' 'Remain In Light' to Central Park Summerstage Sept 27CD VERSION OF ‘REMAIN IN LIGHT’ TO BE RELEASED SEPT 28 (KRAVENWORKS RECORDS)
Angélique Kidjo set the music world on fire in June with her track-by-track reimagination of Talking Heads’ landmark album ‘Remain in Light.’ Now Angelique and her full band will perform her ecstatic version of this album at home in NYC, September 27 at Central Park’s SummerStage. Opening is the Resistance Revival Chorus, who also performed with Kidjo at the Women’s March on Washington. SummerStage is the latest stop on an international 2018 tour that continues through the year and has included performances in Los Angeles, London, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Her version of ‘Remain In Light’ will also be released via CD format on September 28 (Kravenworks Records).
Angélique has had an incredible summer - she performed “Once in a Lifetime” on Jimmy Kimmel Live in May, discussed the album with David Byrne on the New Yorker Radio Hour, has been featured on NPR Morning Edition, NPR Music First Listen, Pitchfork, LA Times, Studio 360, Questlove Supreme, PRI’s The World and more.
Angélique partnered with super producer and 2015 Grammy Producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, Beyonce) for her version of ‘Remain in Light,’ which brings the landmark 1980 album by Talking Heads full circle, back to the sounds of West Africa that inspired the original. It includes appearances by Ezra Koenig, Blood Orange, Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the Antibalas horns, Angelique’s longtime guitarist Dominic James, and Magatte Sow (percussionist for the ‘Black Panther’ film score). Visual artist Kerry James Marshall created the album artwork.
Watch her Jimmy Kimmel Live performance of “Once in a Lifetime” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Om538lGCE
PRAISE FOR 'REMAIN IN LIGHT'
“Transformative…raises the ante on every parameter of the original” – NY Times
“Visionary…illustrates Kidjo’s grand majesty” – NPR Music
"Stunning...a perfect counterpart to Talking Heads' record” - Rolling Stone
“Irrepressible…one of the year’s most daring records” - Pitchfork, 8 out of 10
“Astonishingly inventive…No question: one of the albums of the year” – The Sunday Times
“Breathtaking” – Stereogum
“Dense and powerful” – The Fader
“Jubilant…Talking Heads never sounded so good” – Afropunk
“Supremely satisfying” - Paste
“Surging…unleashes [the original’s] latent West African currents” – SF Chronicle
“Magnificent” – Mojo
“Brilliantly helmed” – Uncut
“Fascinating…a stunning transformation” – AV Club