It’s not the same as it ever was when Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo reimagines Talking Heads’ groundbreaking album Remain in Light. Influenced by Afrobeat king Fela Kuti, the 1980 record mixed African percussion, funk, synth, and rock. Tonight, Benin-born superstar Kidjo brings the music full circle, reinterpreting the entire album with her full band. Ibibio Sound Machine, an eight-piece band led by English-Nigerian singer Eno Williams, kicks off the evening with its high-spirited mix of Afrobeat, club music, and funk.
“Ms. Kidjo wasn’t toppling an icon; she was dancing on its heights.”– New York Times
“Deep, inventive grooves that hotwire decades of African, European and American music.”– New York Times on Ibibio Sound Machine
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Damrosch Park