Jeremiah Abiah’s reimagined take on Madonna’s catalog a highlight of Joe’s Pub Live free weekly streaming series
Get into the groove with Jeremiah Abiah, as the singer, songwriter and producer breathes new life into Madonna’s music this weekend.
The Ghanaian-American artist’s reimagined take on the Material Girl’s hits will be livestreamed Saturday during a weekly series organized by intimate concert venue Joe’s Pub, a program of the Public Theater in NoHo.
With a goal to serve as a social connection during this time of social distancing, the club has shared concerts with their audiences on YouTube each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. for the past few weeks.
Abiah’s show, which will stream on Saturday, features his exploration of the pop music icon and master of reinvention.
Recorded on Feb. 16, 2019, the singer used his six-octave vocal range to breathe new life into gems popularized from the Material Girl.
“People thought I was crazy when I revealed Madonna as my next project,” the self-described “80’s kid” told the Daily News on Thursday. “Then last year, Joe’s Pub asked me to present the project there over two nights. Two sold-out nights was all the validation that I needed.”
Hits such as the Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds-produced “Take A Bow,” the Dallas Austin-assisted “Secret” and the Reggie Lucas breakthrough “Borderline” are reinterpreted with Abiah’s signature style of blending blend of jazz, soul and classical music.
“Her music is the soundtrack to my childhood and I wanted to pay homage to that time,” he said, adding that he’s similar to the Detroit-area native born Madonna Louise Ciccone. “She is unique and a trendsetter. I feel I possess the same qualities and one of my strengths is my ability to reimagine music.”
The 75-minute concert, which also includes earthy renditions of “Lucky Star,” “Into The Groove,” “La Isla Bonita” and Madonna’s first international hit, 1983’s “Holiday,” is a precursor for Abiah’s upcoming album, “Abiah Sings Madonna.” The album is planned for summer — maybe on Madonna’s 62nd birthday on Aug. 16.