by Xaque Gruber
Fresh from winning three Grammy Awards for his work with Daft Punk on their ubiquitous smash, "Get Lucky," legendary songwriter/musician/producer, Nile Rodgers, chatted about life, art and a new honor: his being selected for ICON MANN's "28 Men of Change," a groundbreaking initiative that shines a light on Black male professional leaders and philanthropists, which airs on BET throughout Black History Month. This places Rodgers in the company of fellow ICON MANN honorees Steve McQueen, Nick Cannon, Forest Whitaker, Swizz Beatz and Lee Daniels.
While everyone loves and respects Rodgers' musical contributions, many may not realize the impressive mark he has made in the philanthropic world with his We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) named for the 1979 Sister Sledge anthem he wrote and produced with his late, beloved partner and CHIC bandmate, Bernard Edwards. WAFF strives to solve some of our biggest problems through global projects that promote peace, and appreciation of cultural diversity.
Nile Rodgers, in his collaborations with Daft Punk, wins 3 Grammys at the 56th Grammy Awards show, held in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2014.
Album of the Year :: Random Access Memories by Daft Punk
Record of the Year :: Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft Pharrell and Nile Rodgers
Best Pop Group/Duo Performance :: Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft Pharrell and Nile Rodgers
The collaborators on the album, Random Access Memories, won an additional 2 Grammy's for Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album
Daft Punk with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and special guest Stevie Wonder as well as the cast of musicians that made the record, Random Access Memories, gave a legendary Grammy performance that had everyone on their feet and dancing.
A HUGE congrats to you, Nile, for all that you do and especially the music you bring to this world.
Humbly, your Nile Rodgers Productions Family.
"You probably don't know my name, but I bet you know at least one of my songs," Nile Rodgers says in BBC documentary, Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker.
Indeed, over the past 40 years Rodgers has penned, played and produced a vast wealth of hit songs, starting with "Le Freak" and "Good Times," the era-defining late-'70s smashes by the band he co-founded, disco powerhouse CHIC.
The magic of Notorious lies in it's well evolved rhythm section and matured components that Nile Rodgers (producer) brought to the table. The band itself was in a state of transition, in that Andy Taylor (Guitars) was in and out of the sessions, ultimately moving on to his own solo project, leaving the band and team to engage other guitarists for the project, and Roger Taylor (Drums) moved on to other endeavors, ultimately bringing in Sterling Campbell.
Notorious was considerably less densely arranged than the bands earlier work, relying mostly on great melodies, raw musicianship and the CHIC elements that became the Nile Rodgers Sound in the 80's. The synth work was minimal, and strategically placed horns took over the harmonic textures.
The lead single, "Notorious", shot up to #2 on the charts. "Skin Trade" also had a great run on the charts and is a cult classic.
The lost gem on this album is the closing track, "Winter Marches On". A huge departure for DD in regards to song structure and musical approach. It's a must listen.
~ Diego Paul Sanchez
Duran Duran "Notorious" from "Notorious"
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Release Date: November 11, 2013
Dealer Price: $46.99
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Chic’s ultimate digital music compilation ‘The Studio Album Collection 1977 – 1992’ is out NOW! Featuring all eight studio albums from the iconic disco band – everything from their groundbreaking 1977 debut ‘CHIC’ to the ‘90s sensation ‘CHIC-ism’ – this collection is the essential soundtrack to make you ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’!