Friday, August 18, 2017

Prince passed, aged 57!

The whole world has been taken by storm with the announce of Prince‘s death a couple of hours ago. An announce which first started with the discovery of the body of an unidentified person at his home in Minnesota soon after followed by the confirmation of its identity, itself forwarded by his representative, Yvette Noel-Schure

Prince (Purple Rain)Prince, as unbelievable as it may seem, is unfortunately no longer with us. Even though the exact circumstances of his passing are currently under investigation, chances are great that the circumstances of his passing are the result of an aggravation of his health condition, further to an emergency landing in Illinois last Friday (Apr. 15, 2016) after a concert in Atlanta, GA. At the time, it was reported that Prince had the flu and had been rushed to a hospital in the middle of the night, although he got discharged a few hours later. Yvette Noel-Schure soon after saying “He is fine and at home.” Doubts are permitted about the nature what happened to be Prince’s health trouble though, referring to TMZ’s article explained he hit up a local pharmacy (his 4th visit this week) a few hours before he died, indicating his health was far worse than the simple flu.

Kinda hard resuming the life and the legacy of a man, an artist who expressed his creativity in so many different ways, as a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a band leader, an arranger, a producer, a mentor who helped so many other artists to get under the spotlights, not to mention an actor and a film director…
His music was nothing but the result of a per definition versatile temper who combined R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop and Disco, with elements of Jazz, Rock and Pop, at the opposite of Michael Jackson‘s polished sounds, although with a comparable talent and impact. A man to also be considered as a descendent of Jimi Hendrix, somehow like Lenny Kravitz with whom he happened to perform on stage.
A man much responsible for the recognition of the Minneapolis sound, along with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Morris Day, Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir, Jesse Johnson and Jerome Benton together united as The Time which he managed to get signed on Warner Bros.
Prince was definitely an artist on his own, although he had a real inclination for getting talents jamming together such as his other band, The Revolution, featuring Bobby Z, Wendy & Lisa and André Cymone, among others, and he obviously loved producing, getting artists such as Appolonia 6, Vanity 6, Sheila E, The Family, The NPG or Mazarati to the forefront.

Versatile he was musicwise, the same he would be in terms of lyrics (even though tending to deal with prominently sexual themes), as vocally speaking, gifted with a wide vocal range…
By the time writing these lines, I can’t help myself remembering the first time I crossed his path. This was like a total surprise, as it happened incidentally more than 35 years ago, soon after the release of his eponymous album (featuring gems such as ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ and ‘Sexy Dancer’), in a Parisian record shop while standing next to each other chasing some new tunes. Incredible as to how time flies, don’t you think? And another reason to never miss an opportunity to pay our props to the ones we love when they’re alive.

Indamixworldwide would like to address their deepest condolences to Prince‘s family and friends…


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