Magazine article New African

End of a Purple Reign

Magazine article New African

End of a Purple Reign

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With the death of musical legend Prince, there has been a lot published about his musical legacy, but strangely very little from an African perspective.

Rising British Nigerian musician Sebastian Blake wanted to remedy this, since he feels he owes a huge debt of gratitude to the American musical genius, an artist many now say was perhaps the most gifted of his generation.

Blake states, "It's really strange because I wasn't really aware of Prince's music that much until

I was at university and I started gigging. One friend told me one night that I was a British Prince.

"I immediately went home and started watching everything I could get my hands on and was just blown away by it. I mean, this was a man who could do virtually everything; he didn't really need a band since he was his own band.

"People say that when Michael Jackson needed a guitar solo for 'Beat It' they brought in the best guitarist of the time, Eddie Van Halen. When Prince needed a guitar solo for things like 'Purple Rain' he simply played it himself. That tells you something."

However, Blake goes on to say that what he admires most about Prince is not so much that his musical genius, but that he had such a big heart. …

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