Angélique Kidjo & Bomba Estereo Team To Remix Iconic Celia Cruz Song
Angélique Kidjo has unveiled a thrilling Bomba Estereo remix of the classic Celia Cruz song "La Vida Es Un Carnaval." This remixed version comes on the heels of Celia (Verve/Universal France), Kidjo's latest album that revisits Cruz's catalog in a new light.
For the "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" remix, Angélique teams with Colombian duo Bomba Estereo for a layered & electro-infused dance mix of one the record's standout tracks, and one of Cruz's most famous songs.
Says Angélique: "Working with a Columbian artist was a dream come true! Latin music was inspired by African rhythms, then it inspired African artists like me. Now my version is going back to Latin America, and especially Columbia which has a strong tradition of Black music. Every time music travels and crosses a border, it enriches itself and brings joy and wisdom to the people!"
Says Simón Mejía of Bomba Estereo: "Doing this remix was a great experience as this Celia song is an anthem of Latin and Caribbean music. Also, working with Angelique was amazing as I deeply admire her voice and music ...Africa is always an immense inspiration for me!"
On Celia, Angélique explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from Cruz's extraordinary career in surprising new ways, spiked with sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, Brazil, America and beyond. Along with Tony Allen, it features Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, Shabaka Hutchins and his band Sons of Kemet, and the Gangbe Brass Band from Benin. Celia was recorded in New York and Paris, produced and arranged by David Donatien and mixed by Russell Elevado (D'Angelo, Kamasi Washington).
Angélique has discussed her life-long admiration for Celia Cruz on a number of public radio programs, including Here & Now and NPR Music, as well as a recent Billboard feature.
Angélique continues to tour various projects into 2020 and she will open for Vampire Weekend at Madison Square Garden on September 6. Last year she released a radical reimagining of Talking Heads' landmark 1980 album Remain In Light to rave reviews. Kidjo recently sat down with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne for a conversation, on both records, for Cultured Magazine.
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