The Beninese singer and songwriter Angélique Kidjo knows that to cover a song is to make both music and an argument, and her 2018 release Remain in Light puts this fact to good use. Track by track, the record reimagines the celebrated 1980 album of the same name by New York post-punk eminences Talking Heads. Through incisive new arrangements, Kidjo underlines and reinvigorates the Afropop effects and Africanist philosophy that Talking Heads lifted as the inspiration for their supposedly most innovative work. She and her band play the album as the profoundly grooving Afropop it might have been, rather than as the art school pop pointillism it was—it's tempting even to...
Album Review: Angélique Kidjo, Celia (Decca Records France, 2019)
Brian Barone is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology and ethnomusicology at Boston University. His dissertation project focuses on the circulation of African musics as a catalyst of a long and continuing modernity around the Atlantic rim.
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Brian Barone; Album Review: Angélique Kidjo, Celia (Decca Records France, 2019). Journal of Popular Music Studies 1 March 2020; 32 (1): 4–9. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2020.32.1.4
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