Remain in Light
For one of her latest recording projects, global pop star and four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo partnered with star producer Jeff Bhasker (Rihanna, Kanye West, Drake, Jay-Z) to revisit, reimagine, and repatriate the Talking Heads’ landmark 1980 album Remain in Light.
Kidjo, Cal Performances’ Artist-in-Residence for the 2021–22 season, is an omnivorous artist with a gift for assimilating a wide range of music into a sound that is completely her own, always infused with her powerfully positive message. Here, she connects with the record’s original Afropop influences and filters its new-wave sensibility through her own musical interests—which span the African continent—mining the songs for topics that resonate with her today and adding her own lyrics in languages from her home country of Benin. Kidjo’s singing is euphoric, soaring over layers of backing vocals, explosive percussion, and driving horn orchestrations to transform classic songs such as “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On).”
“Remain in Light feels like an album that Kidjo was born to sing; never has she sounded so convincing, so powerful” (Songlines).
On Sale Dates
|Aug 3||Subscriptions and Single Tickets to Donors at the Producer’s Circle level and above|
|Aug 17||Subscriptions and Add-on Tickets to Donors $100-$1,499 and Renewing Subscribers*|
|Aug 24||Subscriptions and Single Tickets to Email Club; UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, & Students|
|Aug 27||Subscriptions and Single Tickets to General Public|