MusicMakers News: Week of June 25th, 2018
Story, Revenue, and Balance: Angelique Kidjo’s covers bring meaning and authenticity to Talking Heads album. Then, expand your skill set with a free mentorship program with OISTAT Sound Design Group. Last, check out Pitchfork’s break down of how artists are beginning to bridge the gender gap in festival lineups.
What does it take to create an amazing cover song? Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo has recreated the entire Talking Heads 1980 album Remain in Light in her own style. Talking Heads’ original Afrobeat-inspired songs motivated Kidjo to reimagine the album as if it had been created in West Africa, furthering her mission to demonstrate the influence of African music on Western music and the world.
The ability to create unique cover songs is a skill many artists develop over time. Changing the groove, tempo, or melody are great ways of making a cover song interesting, but a deeper meaning behind the new version is what differentiates a great cover from a good one. Kidjo’s groove-changing covers bring new light and authenticity to the Talking Heads album through her heritage, creating something beautiful, meaningful, and inspiring.
What are some songs on which you can provide a new perspective? How is your story reflected in the covers you choose?