Encyclopaedia Africana S February 26, 2021 SHIRLEY BASSEY

On July 4, 2005, Kanye West introduced Shirley to a new generation of fans when he sampled “Diamonds Are Forever” for his hit, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”.

Encyclopaedia Africana M October 8, 2020 MAXI PRIEST

Maxi Priest was born Max Alfred Elliott in Lewisham, London on 10 June 1961.

Encyclopaedia Africana G September 8, 2020 GEORGE BENSON

In 1976, George Benson appeared as a guitarist and backup vocalist on Stevie Wonder’s song “Another Star” from Wonder’s album Songs in the Key of Life.

A Encyclopaedia Africana September 8, 2020 AL JARREAU

He became one the rare artists to have won GRAMMY’S® in the three categories of jazz, pop, and R&B.

Encyclopaedia Africana L September 8, 2020 LUTHER VANDROSS

At the time of Luther’s death in 2005 following complications from a stroke two years earlier, Luther had been in entertainment for 35 years.

Encyclopaedia Africana S September 7, 2020 SAMMY DAVIS JR.

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.

Encyclopaedia Africana R September 7, 2020 ROBERTA FLACK

In 2010, Ms. Flack founded The Roberta Flack Foundation whose mission statement is to support animal welfare and music education.

Encyclopaedia Africana N September 3, 2020 NINA SIMONE

By the 1980s, her selection of songs “ranged from rock and roll to Beatles and Bee Gees tunes,” including her rendition of the song To Love Somebody.

B Encyclopaedia Africana August 31, 2020 B. B. KING

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles.

C Encyclopaedia Africana August 31, 2020 CHUBBY CHECKER

“It’s the fans. The energy I get from singing and dancing with all these people over the years is unlike anything else I experience. I never want it to end.”

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