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Chaka Khan

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Chaka Khan (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, 10 October 1978

Just having left Rufus, Chaka talks about making her solo debut (featuring 'I'm Every Woman'), her Chicago roots, her dislike of disco and her surprising love of punk rock.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.9mb, interview length: 36' 59" sound quality: ***

Chaka Khan (1984)

Interview by David A. Keeps, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1984

As 'I Feel For You' enters the charts, and surrounded by her children, Chaka talks about her reservations of the record; how she started singing, and how she joined Rufus; Stevie Wonder writing 'Tell Me Something Good' for the group; her Chicago childhood; how the business has changed in the last ten years, and how she views herself as a singer.

File format: mp3; file size: 23.3mb; Interview length: 24' 15"; sound quality: ****

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Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan: Rufusized (ABC Dunhill)

Review by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, March 1975

RUFUS DATE back to 1968. They were called the American Breed. They had 'Bend Me Shape Me' for a hit record. The American Breed became ...

Rufus' Chaka Khan: Golden Lady

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 9 December 1975

IT'S DIFFICULT to believe that much of the power, strength and soul that you hear when you hear Rufus stems from anyone as petite and ...

Chaka Khan: The Low Down on Chaka

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 24 January 1976

I DONT know whether you've ever done a phone interview, but they can be bitches. This one was rather that way inclined, owing as to ...

Chaka Khan: The Risk Pays Off

Interview by Howie Klein, BAM, 15 December 1978

LOS ANGELES – In the stately Beverly Hills suite of offices which houses B and B Associates, Chaka Kahn's prestigious management firm, the air is ...

Chaka Khan: Chaka (Warner Bros.) ****

Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 23 December 1978

NOW THEN, an album which the whole team involved has obviously spent a good deal of time thinking about. Chaka Khan needs songs which exploit ...

B&S award is more meaningful says Chaka...

Report by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 27 February 1979

ON THE face of it, the most surprising Poll winner this year was Chaka Khan's victory in the Female Vocalist division – where she edged ...

Chaka Khan, Earth Mother

Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, 5 April 1979

NEW YORK — "I can read your thoughts right now, every one from A to Z," sings Chaka Khan in her current hit, 'I'm Every ...

Chaka Khan: Chaka Really Is Every Woman

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 10 April 1979

OVER THE years, we have covered just about every possible facet of Chaka Khan's career. So, during a break whilst recording a new album with ...

Rufus and Chaka Khan: Masterjam (MCA MCG4007) **½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 5 January 1980

CHAKA KHAN is known for the biggest mouth and the funkiest abdominal scar on the soul scene and what's more there was a time when ...

Chaka Khan: Chaka's Naughty Bits

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 22 April 1980

Naughty is the title of Chaka Khan's new album, but she denies trying to project a 'naughty' image. However, she confesses to being naturally impish ...

Chaka Khan: What'cha Gonna Do For Me (Warner Bros)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 9 May 1981

Chaka gotta lotta ...

Chaka Khan: What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (Warner Bros.) **

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 6 August 1981

WHAT CHA' Gonna Do for Me is a textbook example of how to make incredibly pedestrian "fusion" music and pass it off as jazz for ...

S.O.S. Band: S.O.S. lll; New York Skyy: Skyyjammer; Chaka Khan: Chaka Khan; Richard 'Dimples' Fields: Give Everybody Some!

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 29 January 1983

TWO CREWS, two solo artistes, SOS and Skyy occupy the amorphous middle ground between Clinton and Kool — no coke psychosis on the one hand, ...

Chaka Khan, Mtume: 44th Street Pier, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 6 August 1983

Chaka Works The Crowd But Doesn't Wear The Crown ...

Chaka Khan: I Feel For You (Warner Bros.)

Review by Don Snowden, The Boston Phoenix, November 1984

CHAKA KHAN'S quest to distance her solo work from Rufus' sly, slinky funk led her into an electronic embrace with producer Arif Mardin Two albums ...

Chaka Khan

Interview by David A. Keeps, Smash Hits, 8 November 1984

"For five years I've been really working at creating masterpieces. Now I do a song and put rapping on it — which is really the ...

Chaka Khan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 9 February 1985

CONFUSED? JUST a bit. And not just because this gig didn't add up. I still can't work out why it didn't work. ...

Chaka Khan, Third World: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 30 September 1985

Not her moment ...

Chaka Khan: Destiny (Warner Bros.)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 1986


Chaka Khan: Life Is A Dance - The Remix Project (Warner Brothers)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 1989

THIS ALBUM IS simply staggering, as magnificent in finished form as its conception is bizarre. Imagine, if you will, the highlights of a singer's career ...

Chaka Khan: Khanal Knowledge

Interview by John McCready, The Face, 1989

"ASK ME what you want, John. I can take it. I mean, what are you going to do — spank me?" ...

Chaka Khan: Vivid And Real

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 13 May 1989

CHAKA KHAN, the smooth voice of early '70s soul, has been thrust back into the limelight with a new dance cut of her hits I'm ...

D Mob: Mixing With The Mob

Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, 24 June 1989

From DJ to A&R man, to the mixmaster behind D MOB's summer of '88 hit 'We Call It Acieed', DANNY D has moved on to ...

Chaka Khan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, The Guardian, 1 July 1989

No Khan do... ...

Chaka Khan: Life Is A Dance: The Remix Project (Warner Bros.)

Review by Frank Owen, Spin, October 1989

LIKE A DRUG, dance music needs harder and harder hits to sustain the same level of pleasure. What would have been a seismic drum track ...

Chaka Khan: The Woman I Am (Warner Bros 7599-26296-2)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 21 April 1992

IF I HAD any say in what Chaka Khan recorded I'd go in the studio with her and a bunch of top musicians and play ...

The B&S Hall of Fame: Rufus & Chaka Khan

Retrospective by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 5 May 1992

"I've been to hell and back... in a limousine!" (Chaka Khan) ...

Stropping and Funking — Prince, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 29 August 1998

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince did his best to stop Caroline Sullivan seeing his Wembley gig. When she sneaked her way in, this is ...

Chaka Khan: Fighting to Reclaim Her Crown

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 17 October 1998

Chaka Khan's Forum concert might have been canceled but she's still eager to jump back into the music scene. ...

My father named me Prince

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Code, December 1999

The turn-of-the-century artist takes a second look. ...

Chaka Khan: Back...From Back In The Day

Interview by David Nathan,, October 2007

LOS ANGELES, October 11, 2007: I've been talking to Chaka Khan since 1974. Through the years, I've been a witness to her through-the-fire-days, her almost-have-it-together-days, ...

Chaka Khan: Hello Happiness (Diary/Island)

Review by David Bennun, Metro, 10 February 2019

Ch-arge of energy from Chaka bursting with life and joy ...

see also Taka Boom

see also Rufus


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