Angélique Kidjo gives on her new album the Talking Heads classic Remain In Light an energetic update full of dynamic afrobeat dance grooves and resilient lyrics. A compelling, urgent and personal tour de force.
“I hate people who call themselves a purist,” says Benin singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo in an interview with Rolling Stone.
And you also notice that in her eclectic music. When she was still a child in Benin, a small country in the western part of the continent, her parents already introduced her to the most diverse musical styles.
Traditional folk, sultry soul and rock music, made her dreams about the world outside of Benin.
In 1983, when her country was suffering from a dictatorial regime, Kidjo fled to France. “Listening to Western music was then a form of betrayal”, says Kidjo.