Nile Rodgers of Chic performs on stage at North Sea Jazz Festival at Ahoy on July 14, 2018 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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Multi-Grammy award-winning Nile Rodgers informed CNBC that he does not know if his live shows can ever be the identical once more following the Covid-19 disaster.
The iconic artist, producer and composer has collaborated with lots of the world’s largest artists on a few of their biggest hits together with Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
Rodgers stated the spotlight of performing live for him was bringing “all these strangers” up on stage to share the expertise of what it is prefer to entertain “tens of thousands of people.”
“I get a big kick out of that and I don’t know if we’re ever going to return to that type of scenario, because what are the insurance policies going to look like now?” he informed CNBC earlier this month.
“Are they going to now take into effect that we may make somebody sick inadvertently, and we were just trying to give people a good time? So we have to think about all those sorts of things,” he added.
Rodgers, who can also be chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the first-ever chief artistic advisor on the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, not too long ago headlined the virtually-held Festival of Marketing, one of many largest international occasions for model entrepreneurs.
The co-founder of internationally-renowned disco group Chic, whose hits embody “Le Freak,” additionally spoke to CNBC on the difficulty of racism and George Floyd, the African-American whose dying in May whereas within the custody of the Minneapolis police sparked protests within the U.S. and around the globe.
Rogers stated it was “unfortunate” that the difficulty of racism had “not changed very much” all through his life and profession.
“You’re talking about something that’s very complicated and something that almost every American knows. Racism is ingrained in our society. And we all know it, I mean people don’t like to admit it, but we all know it,” he stated.
“This is a long-standing problem in America, because we actually have never had that reconciliation type of discussion, and people seem to be afraid of it,” he stated.
“And the interesting thing is that Black people are not afraid of it, we’re fine to have that conversation, but I think that White people feel very nervous about it and I’m not really sure why,” he continued.
Rodgers was born within the Lower East Side of New York and have become a subsection chief of a neighborhood department of the Black Panther Party — based in California in 1966 in response to racial inequalities and oppression — in his teenage years.
Rodgers stated he had confronted confrontation many occasions all through his life and had been “lucky.”
“I’ve been in situations where very aggressive White people have confronted me with pretty harsh language and guns and things, I mean all my life … too many to even mention, and every single time that that’s happened, I was able to move it into the dialogue phase,” he stated.
“But I had to be smart enough and lucky enough, don’t think that I’m some genius, I was lucky that they just didn’t shoot or pummel me, that I was able to get it to the dialogue phase,” he added.
The music icon was talking in the course of the U.Ok.’s Black History Month, held each October. The annual celebration of occasions and achievements is held within the U.S. every February, after being formally designated a nationwide observance in 1976 President Gerald Ford.
Asked if it appeared applicable to solely mark such occasions every year around the globe, Rodgers stated, “Black history, it’s really just American history and in a strange way I don’t say I feel offended, we should learn more about history.”