CHAKA KHAN - DISCROGRAPHY
Written by SIMY   
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 05:00

1978 , 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1984 , 1986 , 1988 , 1989 , 1992 , 1998 , 2004 , 2007 , 2008 , DISCOGRAPHY , JAZZ , SOUL

Khan was born Yvette Marie Stevens in North Chicago, Illinois. Her sister is dance music artist Taka Boom, and her brother is Mark Stevens of the band Aurra. Khan was raised on Chicago's South Side, and at the age of eleven formed her first group, the Crystalettes. She went to Calumet High School and Kenwood Academy on the city's south side and while in high school, she joined the Afro-Arts Theater group, which toured with Motown great Mary Wells. She adopted the African name "Chaka" while working as a volunteer on the Black Panthers' Free Breakfast for Children program in Chicago. During a naming ceremony at the Afro-Arts Theater, a Yoruba priest christened her Chaka Adunne Aduffe Yemoja Hodarhi Karifi (as stated on her official website). After quitting high school in 1969, Chaka joined the group Lyfe, before leaving to join another soul band, The Babysitters, replacing former lead singer Baby Huey. Neither group enjoyed mainstream success, but her fortunes changed when she teamed with ex-American Breed member Kevin Murphy and Andre Fischer to form Rufus. Around this time she married bass guitarist Hassan Khan.

I said all that to say that Yvette Marie Stevens was born on this day (March 23rd) in 1953, I guess Chaka Khan was "born" sometime around the 1970's. Happy Birthday Yvette!

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