Africans React In The Wake of Pop Superstar, Prince’s Death

Prince Nelson Rogers

American Pop Superstar Prince, was born Prince Nelson Rogers on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Seven-time Grammy winner, Prince released a lot of records and possibly loads more that he did not get to release. His music fuses a wide variety of genres such as funk, rock, R&B, soul and pop. I first encountered his works in 1999 when I listened to his 1994 record, The Black Album, and these two track stuck to me “When 2 R in Love” and “2 Nigs United 4 West Compton”. Prince released his emotional feelings into these two tracks and the album entirely. This made me to go check for his discography and I was wowed by what I found, Prince is indeed a Pop Superstar. He was one of the few that did not leave his home state of Minnesota to move to Hollywood, even after making it big. His musical prowess is undeniable. His music always had a trademark of sexual lyrics and fuses rock with funk and dance. His self titled album Prince (1979) went platinum and the next three albums, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) did well enough to cement his fame and shoot him to stardom. Though one of his greatest hit songs is “Purple Rain” from the album Purple Rain (1984). This song is an absolute joy to listen to. In the last one week, it has been the top selling song on the billboard 200 charts and five of his songs also appear on the Hot Rock songs chart. Tributes have been profoundly showered on a unique artist from fans across the globe, as evidenced by impromptu memorials and celebrations of his work and even reactions from different Africans. With love especially hailing Minnesota the city where Prince was born and continued to live, thousands of mourners sang to “Purple Rain” in downtown Minneapolis on the night of his death.

Prince presents an award at The BRIT Awards February 19, 2014 in London, England


Prince, one of many music legends featured in a silver star outside a dance club in Minnesota

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Dark Suburb (Ghana)

There are talents who took music a step in their generation and that impact would affect generations yet to come and Prince was one of them. People like that don’t die, they just drop the body. Prince is a true skeleton.

Dumisani Matiha of Bankrupt souls/Metal Orizon (Botswana)

In my early days when I was starting to learn how to play guitar me and my friend used to listen to Prince especially the solo part in purple rain. That’s how I got hooked to his music. Some of the guitar inspiration comes from his side especially solos though I am not good in playing solos, if I am to say more than what I just told you I will be lying. I have been saddened by his passing away but everybody has got his time on earth and when it’s time to go there will be no one to say no.

Kabuto Yakushi Les Pauls of Dreamfast (Cameroun)

He transcended genres and generations. Forever His name and artwork will sustain through eternity.

Ufuoma P. Douglas (Nigeria)

His songs are nice.What I find striking is his name which he changed into a SYMBOL. I wish he really explained the true meaning behind this, also his striking resemblance with Michael Jackson is close,very close. Especially when he was younger. His music is just like every other good music I choose to listen to .What I love more about his music is his stage performances. It’s interesting and I know many fans will accept this fact.

Sam Warui Mwangi of The Rash (Kenya)

A musical genius with an enviable voice (could glide between registers with incredible ease). Was he a rock star? A pop star? A soul crooner? He could do effortlessly do any genre. He embraced individuality with regard to his overall look which gave him this magnetic charisma. And he taught me that a record label doesn’t have to be the boss of me. Own your music!.

Riley Mc of Millennium (Mauritius)
I am not personally a great fan of Prince, but I can openly say that ‘Purple Rain’ was my greatest inspiration to start composing music. I can also remember during childhood till now the song blasting in my earplugs.I am a firm believer that due respect should be given to the great legend,  father of rock.
Kat Alice Coetzee of Crooked (South Africa )
I admired him as a musician and a true artist he was a pioneer in the music scene. he understood music and instruments in a way that most artists nowadays don’t…I have never forgotten his live show it was magical and just flowed unbelievably…he will always be an inspiration.

He appeared at a dance party in Minnesota on 16th April, 2016, in what is believed to have been his last public appearance

  He will be dearly missed, but his works will continue to linger in our hearts forever. Keep on rocking and keep supporting your local bands \m/

Seyi Obe

Seyi Obe is a Project Engineer working with an Engineering firm in Lagos, Nigeria. He received a B. Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. He loves rock music, and as a critic, he listens to all the sub-genres. His favourite sub-genre is Metalcore. He is head-honcho-in-charge of reviews on When he is not managing any engineering project at the engineering firm where he works, he is here writing reviews for different categories of things, ranging from singles, EPs, albums, concerts and shows. He also writes articles on Rock Music and its development in Africa. He loves taking photographs, and is mostly responsible for supplying the quality high definition pictures that you see around the website.


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