World renowned American soul singer Chaka Khan has promised to light up Dar es Salaam when she performs at the Club E event at Ubungo Plaza tomorrow.
Yesterday when she toured the Tanzania Cigarette Company (TCC) in Dar es Salaam Ms Khan, who is also a 2006 BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient said that she is ready for the event where her old time hits are expected to entertain her fans.
The event, where over 1200 revelers and Club E members are expected to attend will headline the songstress who is known for hits like “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel for you”.
During her visit at the TCC headquarters yesterday, the star was briefed on the different products produced by the company.
The star promised Tanzanian that she will bring a message embodied in love, peace and healing to Tanzanians.
“That is the message I generally come with. It is one of love, peace and healing,” she said.
The 58 year old artist is an American singer and composer who gained fame in the 1970s and has won scores of global and American awards during a successful career that spans over four decades.
Ms Khan, who is also a Grammy winner, first won fame as the front woman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. While still a member of the group in 1978, Khan embarked on a successful solo career. Her signature hits, both with Rufus and as a solo performer, include "Tell Me Something Good", "Sweet Thing", "Ain't Nobody", "I'm Every Woman", "I Feel for You" and "Through the Fire".
Those who remember Ms. Khan as the erstwhile Yvette Marie Stevens, the petite high school student who changed her name when she went to work for the Black Panthers, or as the lead singer of Rufus in the ’70s, or as the leather-and-feathers ’80s disco queen, will have to adjust their dancing shoes for Saturday’s event.
When she was 20 years old she was the lead singer in the funk band Rufus. Her breakthrough, encouraged by Stevie Wonder, was in 1974 with the song “Tell Me Something Good”. From that moment, her name was established and she had big hits like “I’m Every Woman”.
In the eighties, her star remained high in the sky, with songs like “Ain’t Nobody” and with the Prince song “I Feel for You”. In 2007, Chaka Khan again astonished the music world with her album Funk This. She also made her impression on Broadway in the musical The Color Purple. Her name stands for quality, strength but most of all for pure class.
The American singer received the Edison Jazz lifetime achievement award last year pooled from the three Edison categories that include Classical Edison, Edison Pop and Edison Jazz/World. The latter includes the currents funk, soul and blues.
With her track record, Chaka Khan can definitely be considered as a “grand lady”. Although her frame is small, she is an impressive figure- her expressive and great voice is embraced by millions of people all over the world.