Prince songs — recorded by him or other artists like Chaka Khan or the Time — were playing at the memorial. We love it so much that the sacrifice is to go back out and do it again.“Some of those songs were hard to listen to,” said the drummer, her eyes moistening behind her thick black-framed eyeglasses. You grabbed on to someone, hugged them and cried,” Sheila E. Among the handful of mourners were model Damaris Lewis, purple-clad Larry Graham, bassist and Prince’s spiritual mentor, and Kirk Johnson, his aide-de-camp who ran Paisley and played drums in the band. Former Prince drummer Sheila E consoles a fan as she left Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., Saturday, April 23, 2016. The older we get, it doesn’t get easier at all.” Met Prince in 1978 Sheila Escovedo grew up in a family of percussionists.Sheila Escovedo, also known as Sheila E, at her kit last month at the Democratic National Convention. "He learned a lot from me, and I learned a lot from him." Dan De Luca is an Inquirer pop music critic.But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture." - "Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince." The drumming daughter of Santana percussionist Pete Escovedo went home from a record store with a poster of the album cover showing "a beautiful young man with brown skin, a perfect Afro, and stunning green eyes." She taped it to the ceiling above her water bed at the Oakland, Calif., home she lived in with her parents.“I just started crying uncontrollably.” Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and brother, Omarr Baker, greeted people. “I had his urn in my hand,” Sheila said, fighting back tears. I was partly paralyzed for two weeks, then my lung collapsed. The music superstar was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis on Thursday. “I’ve got a brace I wear on my hand for the tendon in my thumb. Her father, Pete, and Uncle Coke both played with Santana and the band Azteca.
Sheila Escovedo comes from a musical family -- she’s the daughter of Pete Escovedo, a veteran percussionist who played with Santana and many others -- and she herself was already an accomplished percussionist when she first met Prince, having worked with jazz artists Herbie Hancock and George Duke (and later with soul stars Marvin Gaye and Lionel Richie).
and Larry Graham, thanked fans for their support at Paisley Park following the superstar's death. “You kind of expect him to walk around the corner and say something and hug me. There was a stillness but at the same time it was his home. He wrote hit songs for her, she played in his band and the two were for a time romantically linked. Things we talked about, he didn’t talk about death. “Sometimes in interviews or between interviews, I end up crying.” She described the scene at Prince’s Saturday memorial. Candles were burning as was always the case when Prince was around.
Prince's publicist said that he was cremated and celebrated in a private ceremony. His custom-made purple grand piano was sitting on the stage in the next room as it had been when he last opened Paisley to the public for a dance party on April 16.
Later that year, the then-20-year-old Escovedo - already a seasoned musician who had toured with George Duke, recorded a Billy Cobham-produced album with her father, and had an affair with Carlos Santana - met Prince in the flesh. He learned a lot from me, and I learned a lot from him." Escovedo was speaking from her home in Los Angeles after returning from Rio de Janeiro, where she performed at the launch of the Arts Games, a cultural competition to be staged in Montreal next year that will bring together aspiring acts in dance, music, media arts, visual arts, and literature for Olympic-style competition. "Harry Belafonte is the ambassador." (Go to Arts for more info.) Escovedo has an impressive resumé.
As the singer and drummer - who will share a bill Thursday with fellow Prince associates Morris Day and the Time as well as WAR at the Dell Music Center in Strawberry Mansion - explains in her 2014 memoir, , and he told her that he and his bass player had fought about which one of them was going to marry her. A professional since age 15, she has toured with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.