Angelique Kidjo returns to Carnegie Hall with a debut performance of Remain In Light
Three-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo returns to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Friday, May 5, at 8:00 p.m., for the world premiere performance of Remain in Light, her reimagined take on the Talking Heads’ iconic album.
Speaking about her inspiration behind the project, Kidjo says, “As Remain in Light was influenced by the music of my continent, I want to pay back the homage and create my own African take on Talking Heads’ songs. We all know that rock music came from the blues and thus from Africa. Now is the time to bring rock back to Africa, connect our minds, and bring all our sounds to a new level of sharing and understanding."
Kidjo will be joined on stage by special guests and an all-star band, including keyboardist Jason Lindner; guitarist Lionel Loueke; vocalists Nona Hendryx and Kiki Hawkins; guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer; the horn section from the Brooklyn-based band Antibalas; and singers from the Kuumunity Collaborations Choir. The performance features dynamic new arrangements to classic songs such as “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On),” reinterpreted with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals.
Released on October 8, 1980, Talking Heads' Remain in Light was a revolution of pop music innovation, pushing sonic boundaries with sampled and looped grooves inspired by legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. The album demonstrates that both the Talking Heads and producer Brian Eno experimented with African polyrhythms while simultaneously drawing lyrical inspiration from African academic literature. Certified gold by the RIAA and consistently ranked among the most important and influential albums of all time, Remain in Light remains an eternal milestone, its brave vision and extraordinary power still as daring and innovative as ever before.