For one of her latest recording projects, global pop star and four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo partnered with 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 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.

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Pictured: Cal Performances’ 2021–22 season artist-in-residence Angélique Kidjo performs Remain in Light on Friday, October 29, 2021 and the West Coast premiere of Yemandja on Saturday, April 23, 2022 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series.
(credit: Danny Clinch)
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Pictured: Cal Performances’ 2021–22 season artist-in-residence Angélique Kidjo performs Remain in Light on Friday, October 29, 2021 and the West Coast premiere of Yemandja on Saturday, April 23, 2022 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series.
(credit: Fabrice Mabillot)
Angélique Kidjo
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Pictured: Cal Performances’ 2021–22 season artist-in-residence Angélique Kidjo performs Remain in Light on Friday, October 29, 2021 and the West Coast premiere of Yemandja on Saturday, April 23, 2022 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series.
(credit: Courtesy of Angélique Kidjo)