Soul singer/producer Raphael Saadiq has honoured the memory of late music legend Bobby Womack with a special tribute song featuring rapper Snoop Dogg.
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He was the second-youngest child out of 14 siblings and half siblings.
He explained his childhood as a great tragedy because he faced many deaths of his siblings.
“I wanted to send a message to people who deserved it — uncles, baseball coaches, music teachers.
At 19 he toured the world with Prince, in his twenties he led the Nineties r&b titans Tony Toni Toné, before forming the urban supergroup Lucy Pearl in 1999.
More recently, he has juggled life as an acclaimed solo artist with a parallel career as a sought-after producer for the likes of Joss Stone and Snoop Dogg. ” he says, between bites of a steak sandwich in a London café. And I’m building up to it again.” Dressed in leather military boots, cropped trench coat and thick, Fifties-style, tortoiseshell specs, he is a disarmingly low-key shadow of his on-stage persona.
Popular among stars, he once famously got Stevie Wonder to come to his New York studio within an hour of requesting him to collaborate, “just because I felt the song needed a harmonica solo”. But he exudes the quiet assurance of a man carefully cultivating his career’s autumn bloom. “When I come to London now it’s like being in LA, because they know me like I’m at home.” Explosive live performances certainly help.
Raphael Saadiq stands legs together, arms spread wide, surveying every inch of London’s Roundhouse.
Dressed in pristine white shirt and trousers, he appears almost messianic. ” it is with the unshakeable confidence of a man on the cusp of greatness.