Magazine article New Internationalist

Remain in Light

Magazine article New Internationalist

Remain in Light

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Remain in Light

by Angélique Kidjo (Kravenworks Records, CD, LP and digital)

A joyousness infuses Angélique Kidjo's Remain in Light, her reclamation of the Afrofunk heritage that the Talking Heads and their producer Brian Eno used to fuel one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the past 40 years. The background is this: in 1980, Talking Heads, very much leaders of the art-schooled new wave, wrote, recorded and released the original Remain in Light album. Eno replaced the New York band's nervy guitars with a funk that drew from Fela Kuti: indeed, Tony Allen, Fela's drummer appeared on this 1980 album as he does on this one. That album's combination of taut energy, chiefly in the delivery of David Byrne's vocals, Eno's electronics and West African-inspired percussions made it a huge hit. …

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