Maurice White On African-ness: A Never-Before-Seen Interview With The Late Earth Wind & Fire Bandleader

When Daví reached out to the legendary funk and R&B star Maurice White, he never expected to get a call from the man himself.

Maurice White in 1982. Source: Creative Commons
“‘Hey! So how you wanna do this?’ he asked. I could barely speak out of shock. This man I’ve been listening to my entire life, just called me.”

In 2005 the artist and choreographer Daví, was writing a thesis at NYU about how African-Americans—through the trauma of the slave trade and racism—held on to continental African cultures and traditions. Growing up in Virginia, Earth Wind & Fire was a favorite of Daví’s mother and quickly became one of his. Because of his close connection, Daví decided to use the band as an example of African-Americans retaining musical aspects of African cultures.

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