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About Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo's latest project is a reinterpretation of the Talking Heads classic album Remain In Light showcasing thrilling new arrangements of the iconic songs. She takes the classics such as Crosseyed and Painless, Once in a Lifetim’ and Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) and reinterprets them with electrifying rhythms, African guitars and layered backing vocals. 

As a performer, Kidjo'sstriking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. She's cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American RnB, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.  

"Kidjo's element was joyful empowerment: the joy of an all-conquering voice and a righteous uplifting spirit" – New York Times

"The Benin-born Grammy winner dove deeper into the African grooves that Talking Heads mined from Fela Kuti on the 1980 LP. She put the 'festive' back into 'festival'" – Nashville Scene

Last updated: February, 2018