Connect with us

International (Global)

Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, dead at 76

Published

on

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, the music icon, Queen of Soul who influenced generations of singers with unforgettable hits such as Respect (1967), Natural Woman (1968) and I Say a Little Prayer (1968), was surrounded by family and friends when she died at 9.50am on Thursday local time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZULpxWcUZyE

It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” her family said in a statement issued by her publicist.

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

Aretha Franklin

An early photo of Franklin

Her death from advanced pancreatic cancer was followed by an outpouring of grief, with celebrities flocking to pay their respects to the iconic singer.

John Legend tweeted: “Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”

Diana Ross said she was “sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”

Barbra Streisand shared a photo of herself performing with Franklin in 2012, adding: It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.

Tributes flowed for the remarkable woman, with everyone from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Hillary Clinton expressing their admiration for Franklin and sadness at her death.

Aretha Franklin

Franklin during her last public performance for the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Stars offered tributes and prayers for their idol earlier this week after news about her worsening condition emerged.

“My prayers are with Aretha Franklin and her family during this difficult time,” tweeted rapper Missy Elliott.

“We MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music.”

Boy George said: “This is sad news. Aretha Franklin, what a voice.”

Pop diva Mariah Carey, who was heavily influenced by Franklin, tweeted: “Praying for the Queen of Soul.”

Franklin has cemented her place in American music history with her powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves. In her decades-long career, her hits spanned the genres, from soul to R&B, to gospel and pop.

She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.

The Hall of Fame issued a statement titled “Lady Soul”, which read: “The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”

Franklin’s declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Monday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend. He wrote that she was “gravely ill in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy.”

Franklin, who is widely known by only her first name, in true diva style, rose from singing gospel in her father’s church to regularly topping rhythm and blues and pop charts in the 1960s and 1970s.

Beyond Respect, her powerful cover of the Otis Redding tune that became her calling card, Franklin had dozens of Top 40 singles, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other hits include Day Dreaming (1972), Jump to It (1982), Freeway of Love (1985) and A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998).

Read Also

‘Heroes of the Force’ IGP commiserates with families of slain police officers

Zamfara State Police capture 20 suspected bandits

CP Lagos State Sacks Eight Officers, demotes six for Criminal Offences

Police Operations may be decentralise by National Economic Council

NSCDC deploys 150 additional operatives in Borno to protect Internally Displaced Persons

Army Troops Kill 3 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Weapons In Borno

Cultists kill former Ibadan Poly Chief Security Officer, student

She won 18 Grammy Awards, including one for lifetime achievement, and sang at the inaugurations of two presidents: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Aretha Franklin

The singer pumps up the crowd in Detroit for President Barack Obama

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award for an American civilian, by then-president George W. Bush.
In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late last year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

Standing outside the Motown Museum in Detroit on Tuesday, Linda Laura-Culbreath told AFP that Franklin had influenced a generation of women who were empowered by her songs.

We all were blessed with pure talent,” the 53-year-old musician, who was visiting from Milwaukee, said.

She made sure that women in general knew that they were not under a man, that they were supposed to walk next to them.

 

Follow us;

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Google Plus

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Foreign

Joe Biden Sworn in as 46th U.S President

Published

on

By

Joe Biden Sworn in As 46th US President

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th United States president as Harris becomes the Vice President.

She is America’s first female and first black Asian-American person to hold the office.

Biden took his oath of office on Wednesday at the capitol in Washington D.C.

Click to Watch Our YouTube Videos

Chief Justice, John Roberts junior, administered the pledge at exactly 11:48am eastern time.

In his Inaugural address, Mr. Biden said it was a day of “history and hope”.

“my whole soul is in putting America back together again”.

Outgoing President, Donald Trump, did not attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, former presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush junior, Barack Obama and their wives were in attendance.

Incase You Missed:

Joe Biden Vows 100Million Vaccinations in First 100 Days in Office

How Biden’s inauguration will be different from past US presidents’ -Report

FG Gives Condition for Release of Covid-19 Vaccines to States

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for Trump’s Removal from Office using 25th Amendment

Continue Reading

Foreign

Turkish Court Sentences Kurdish Former Member of Parliament to Jail

Published

on

By

Turkish court sentences Kurdish former MP to 22 years in jail

A Turkish court has sentenced Kurdish former lawmaker, Leyla Guven to more than 22 years in jail on terror-related charges.

Leyla Guven, who was stripped of her parliamentary immunity in June, was convicted of membership of a “terror group” and disseminating “terror propaganda” for outlawed Kurdish armed groups.

Click to Watch Our YouTube Videos

On Monday, Guven was given 14 years and three months in jail on a charge of membership of a “terrorist organization” and an additional eight years for two separate charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”.

Guven was not present at the court hearing in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir, and her whereabouts were not immediately clear.

The court however, ordered Guven’s immediate arrest.

Incase You Missed: 

BREAKING: Court Grants Senator Ali Ndume Bail

Nigerian Government Rules out New Tax, Increment in 2021

Godwin Obaseki (GGO) finally resign membership from APC

Hisbah Destroys N200 Million Worth of Beer in Kano State

Airstrikes Hit Bandits Camp in Zamfara State, Fighters Killed-DHQ

Member of The House of Rep Sentenced to Prison

Continue Reading

International (Global)

Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, Dies at 71.

Published

on

By

Pierre-Buyoya Burundi

Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, has died at age 71.

Buyoya served as President twice, from 1987-1993 and then 1996-2003.

His death comes three weeks after his resignation from the position of the high representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel region.

Click to Watch Our YouTube Video’s

Announcing his resignation, Buyoya said he needed time to focus on legal battles back home, following his trial in absentia and sentencing to life in prison.

Burundi’s top court sentenced Buyoya to life imprisonment in late October 2020, for alleged assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye who had won the 1993 elections.

Incase You Missed:

President Muhammadu Buhari Commends Officers at WASA

Jubilation at Seme Krake Border as Buhari orders Reopening of Land Borders

National Assembly Lacks the Constitutional Power to Invite Buhari- AGF Says

FG Seek Public Support for National Development

President Muhammadu Buhari Commends Officers at WASA

LifeSpan 2040: Nigeria Moves up the Scale From 157th to 123rd Position

Continue Reading
COVID-19 PREVENTION

infectious diseases in your community. It is very important to wash your hand frequently with soap under running water.

COVID-19 IS REAL

#COVID19NIGERIA Situation Report

The #COVID19Nigeria situation report for 21st July, 2020 has been published. Our daily reports provide a summary of the epidemiological situation & response activities in Nigeria

The #COVID19Nigeria situation report for 21st July, 2020 has been published. Our daily reports provide a summary of the epidemiological situation & response activities in Nigeria

@Africa CDC

The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

GALLANT OFFICER

Gallant Officer
"Also found worthy of honour was Bashir Abubakar, an Asst Comptroller-General of Customs, who rejected a bribe of $412,000 per container offered him by drug traffickers seeking to bring 40 containers of Tramadol into Nigeria. A fine example of incorruptibility, worthy of emulation"

Trending