What better way to honour Prince than by gettin’ down and dirty to his funky songs? That’s what Stevie Wonder reckons, and we gotta say: he has a point.
The world is still in mourning following the death of the late star, who passed away on April 21. Stevie Wonder has gone on record a number of times in the wake of the death of his friend. In an incredible editorial written for Rolling Stone, he commented, “Prince’s music was so picturesque that even I could see it.”
“Prince was so inspired, and so inspiring,” he continued. “He was kind, he was disciplined and he knew where he wanted to go. He was able to make big transitions. If Michael was the King of Pop, Prince should be the Emperor.”
He has gone on to cover the Purple One at recent performances – see below for a snippet of a breathtaking rendition of Purple Rain.
TMZ recently asked Wonder to comment on the gossip-mongering allegations regarding Prince’s drug use and its possible relation to his cause of death. After briefly addressing the question, Wonder, like many of us, (including Howl & Echoes, told the tabloid that it’s far more important to focus on what he gave to the world – not how he died.
“Many of us are able to make love to their gifts of music,” he said. “To make friendships and to remember things that were beautiful.”
When asked if he had ever done the deed to Prince’s music, he laughed and replied, “You think I didn’t?”