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Angelique Kidjo set to perform 'Remain in the Light' at UPAC / Chronogram

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Nearly 40 years after its release, Remain in Light's groundbreaking fusion of African polyrhythms, funk, electronics, and New York new wave has seen the set dubbed one of the most influential albums of all time. In 2017, the Library of Congress selected it for inclusion in the National Recording Registry for its being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant," and it played a crucial part in introducing the music of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, a strong influence on the band during the album's making, to Western audiences (see Brooklyn band Antibalas and the hit Off-Broadway musical "Fela").

Last year, the iconic Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo-called "the undisputed queen of African music" by the London Daily Telegraph-released a brilliant song-for-song cover of Remain in Light, which was produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, Beyonce) and won the enthusiastic endorsement of David Byrne (the head Head himself even joined Kidjo onstage at Carnegie Hall when she performed the music there). Kidjo, who answered the questions below by email, will perform Talking Heads' Remain in Light at UPAC in Kingston on April 11.         Photo: Sofia and Mauro

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