'Remain in Light' is originally an album by the American Rock Band 'Talking Heads' which has been covered by 'Angélique Kidjo'. I had the opportunity to sample a bit of the amazing tunes at her live performance in the Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg. In her own words, 'it's not cultural appropriation but cultural diversification' as she channels the original beats in her own way by using Afrobeat & a choir to transform the fearful texture of the songs into a soulful warmth. She additionally 'africanized' the texts by using sayings in her native languages of 'Yoruba' & 'Fon'. And still, the strength & substance of the original album can still be felt even after such a metamorphosis, the Pop work of art remains current through the Afro-perspective given to it by Angélique Kidjo.
The concert was streamed live & is still available on the 'Elbphilarmonie' website for everyone to enjoy.