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Angélique Kidjo shares why she put her own spin on a classic Talking Heads album

Released in 2018, Angélique Kidjo’s recording of “Remain in Light” captured the essence of the Talking Heads’ groundbreaking 1980 original, while infusing the project with the propulsive sound of her African homeland. Now Kidjo — the acclaimed singer, composer, activist and four-time Grammy Award winner who has risen to the top of the charts again and again — returns to Berkeley to perform her acclaimed re-interpretation of “Remain in Light.” Presented by Cal Performances Friday in Zellerbach Hall, the event marks her first of two appearances in Berkeley as a season-long artist-in-residence with the organization. She’ll return April 23 with “Yemandja: A Story of Africa,” her new musical-theater work presented as part of Cal Performances’ Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” programming on themes of migration, exile, dislocation and separation.