Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo performed Talking Heads’ 1980 classic Remain In Light in full at New York’s Carnegie Hall last night, and she brought along a special guest. David Byrne himself came out to sing her West Africanized version of “Once In A Lifetime” as a duet, and you can watch some videos from their performance below.
Angelique Kidjo is always outstanding but last night she was even more so. The evening's big treat: David Byrne! Yes, they sang Once in a Lifetime! And, Angelique and Nona Hendrix (from Labelle) sang Burning Down the House! Fabulous show! Amazing night! #angeliquekidjo #davidbyrne #talkingheads #nonahendryx #carnegiehall #longlivetheeighties #ledgends (video: stephenham10)
Tonight at Carnegie Hall we sang, danced, burned down the housed and remained in the light. Thank you @angeliquekidjo Tonight was life giving. @carnegiehall #remaininlight #angeliquekidjo #carnegiehall Sidebar: At one point she pulled a slightly confused #davidbyrne on stage for the best, most insane version of Once in a Lifetime. It was surreal and wonderful.
Earlier this month Kidjo spoke about the album to Playbill:
I discovered [the Talking Heads’] music and fell in love with the Remain In Light album. Brian Eno and Talking Heads understood the magical power of African music, but instead of trying to clone it, they created their own style based on the hypnotic rhythm patterns of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat. The cryptic lyrics were also resonating with me. Somehow I felt I was hearing, in a strange way, social commentaries on the state of my continent.