Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall/For a chance to be with you/I’d gladly risk it all/Through the fire/Through whatever, come what may/For a chance at loving you/I’d take it all the way/Right down to the wire/Even through the fire ~ Chaka Khan, “Through The Fire,” I Feel For You (1984)
Chaka took us on a musical journey, singing a wondrous selection of her greatest hits and covers of tunes by some of her favorite artists. The concert was as eclectic and vast as her rich catalog. She sounded and looked better than ever. It was quite clear to me that Chaka could put many of her peers (past, present, and future) to shame after this concert. I didn’t want it end (and neither did anyone else). It was musical bliss. We could’ve easily spent the rest of the night calling Chaka and her band back for more encores. But that’s what dreams are made of, right?
Make my journey, make it short in space/Let me lose this hardness that I got now, Lord/Water, wash away all traces of hate/I will do what you say/If you just show me how, river/…Roll me through the rushes like Moses/Roll me through the rushes/Just like Moses on the Nile ~ Chaka Khan, “Roll Me Through The Rushes,” Chaka (1978)
2013 marks two major milestones for Chaka Khan: her 60th birthday (March 23, 2013) and 40 years in the entertainment industry. Chaka will be unveiling a series of projects to commemorate these milestones. Following the release of the March 16th “Stars Tribute” issue of Billboard Magazine, Chaka launched the 100 Days of Chaka campaign. Introduced via an Augmented Reality app, the 100 Day of Chaka campaign “marks the 100 days from her birthday (March 23) to the anniversary of the release of her first recorded album with Rufus, Rufus (July 1, 1973) 40 years ago. This timeline will highlight daily, a series of historic moments in Chaka’s career, mixed with celebratory current events. The 100 Days of Chaka culminates with the release of The iKhan Project: Alive! The Commemorative Edition, in stores July 2″ (Soul Talkin’ With Chaka).
Later this year, Chaka will release The iKhan Project: Jazz, an album produced by renowned musician and composer Robert Glasper. Fans can also look out for the I’m Every Woman Tour; television specials; an updated version of Through The Fire, Chaka’s memoir; the relaunch of www.chakakhan.com; the relaunch of Chakalates, her signature gourmet chocolates; the launch of her Khana Sutra candles, and much, much more. I must say, 2013 is gearing up to be a celebration fit for a legend! Chaka deserves every moment of it (and then some).
A mama’s cryin’/’Cause another young man has gone and died/He’s not some statistic/He’s another awesome destiny denied/So I’ve got to stand tall/I’m gonna live a super life/For the rest of my life/I’m gonna live a super life/Super life, super life, yeah ~ Chaka Khan, “Super Life,” Funk This (2007)
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary, Chaka Khan! Thank you for sharing your spirit and your boundless gifts with us. We will forever be moved. Here’s to a fabulous 2013 and beyond!
Day 47: Black Music Month – Chaka Khan