How fitting of Angelique Kidjo, to do a re-imagining of the classic Talking Heads smash album, “Remain In Light.” I actually got to meet Talking Heads founder David Byrne, during my years at the New York Public Library, when he did a lecture there discussing ‘Music and Copyright in the Digital Era.’
I say, “fitting” regarding Kidjo’s choice, because Byrne has always incorporated World Music, when he ROCKS! Now 13 albums in, Kidjo is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and can essentially do whatever she likes when it comes to music. I’ve been a fan since her second release “Logozo,” which dropped on Mango Records, back in ’91.
The Funkalicious blog has discussed her latter two Grammy winning endeavors “Sings” and “Eve,” her first Grammy was for her CD “Djin Djin.”Currently touring, she’ll perform the album in New York at Central Park’s SummerStage on Thursday, September 27th. She’ll head to Europe a month later, landing in Sweden on October, 26th followed by a night in the UK on the 29th. Kidjo is also scheduled for three shows in Switzerland, followed by stops in Italy, France, Germany and Poland, returning to the states next year. She’ll set it off in the windy city of Chicago on February 21st, landing in Vermont, North Carolina, New Jersey (quick trip back to the UK & France) and Texas, through June.
David Byrne interview…
Two-time Grammy Award winners Evanescence, have released a re-imagining of their music, with “Synthesis.” I’ve liked this band since “Fallen,” primarily because Amy Lee’s vocal capacity is amazing. “Synthesis” features music from their CDs ‘Fallen,’ “The Open Door” and their self-titled album, reconstructed w/ an orchestral theme.
The album dropped late last year and the band announced their DVD performance of ‘Synthesis’ in August, being released on October 12th. Shot by photographer Paul Brown, during their show at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, they just wrapped up touring in Washington state on September 9th. The project was mixed by Damian Taylor of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s fame.