After an electrifying performance to a packed house at the Trustees Theater in 2008, Angélique Kidjo returns to SMF with her latest project, a track-by-track reimagining of the Talking Heads’ landmark album, Remain in Light.
Angélique Kidjo was dubbed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine. The BBC has included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. As a performer, her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. And now, Angélique Kidjo, global popstar and three-time Grammy winner, returns to Savannah with her reinterpretation of Remain in Light. Re-envisioning such songs as “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” with electrifying rhythms, African guitars and layered backing vocals, Angélique Kidjo’s Remain in Light is a radical statement that positions the Benin-born artist as she’s never been heard before.
“Remain in Light feels like an album that Kidjo was born to sing; never has she sounded so convincing, so powerful.”