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Angélique Kidjo Releases One Of The Year’s Most Daring Records (Pitchfork)

Angélique Kidjo Releases "One Of The Year's Most Daring Records" (Pitchfork)

Reimagining Of Talking Heads' Landmark 1980 Album 'Remain In Light' Out Now

Angélique Kidjo’s radical remake of Talking Heads’ ‘Remain In Light’ has been met with immediate raves and is out now. She performed “Once In A Lifetime” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, discussed the album with David Byrne on the New Yorker Radio Hour, has been featured on NPR Morning EditionNPR Music First ListenPitchforkLA TimesStudio 360 and much more. Visual artist Kerry James Marshall collaborated on the album artwork and Angélique will continue to perform the album front to back in 2018 after shows in Los Angeles and at London’s Royal Festival Hall this past Friday. 

“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

“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 

“A triumph” – The New Internationalist

“Fascinating…a stunning transformation” – AV Club

“Reverence and a roar” – Lexington Herald-Leader

“Irresistible” – Irish Times

“An inspirational, inspiring piece of work” – Lounder Than War

 

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 features Ezra Koenig, Blood Orange, Tony Allen, Antibalas Horns, Angélique’s longtime guitarist Dominic James, and Magatte Sow (percussionist for the ‘Black Panther’ film score). 

Angélique Kidjo is a three-time Grammy winner whom NPR has called “Africa’s greatest living diva.” She travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador while her charitable foundation, Batonga, is dedicated to supporting the education of young girls in Africa. 

 

TOUR DATES:

June 17 – Neuchatel, CH @ Festi'neuch

July 09 - Vienne, FR @ Jazz a Vienne^

July 11 – Arles, Fr @ Theatre Antique

July 15 - Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Festival^

July 20 - Juan Les Pins, FR @ Jazz a Juan^

July 22 - Thessaloniki, Gr @ Sani Festival

July 26 – Vic-Fezensac, Fr @ Tempo Latino CC%

July 28 – Katonah, NY @ Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

August 6 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia*

August 7 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap*

August 9 – Denver, CO @ Denver Botanic Gardens*

August 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre*

September 27 - New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage*

October 29 - Belfast, NI @ Grand Opera House

November 20 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten

November 25 – Roma, IT @ Auditorium

November 27 – Rouen, France @ Le106

 

* - ‘Remain in Light’ performance

^ - “Sheba” performance with Ibrahim Maalouf

% - “Angélique Kidjo’s Tribute to Salsa” performance

 

Angélique Kidjo on the web: 

Official site 

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