HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!
OAKLAND, CA-native Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Producer/Bandleader/Recording Artist RAPHAEL SAADIQ was born the second-youngest of 14 siblings and half-siblings. His early life was marked by tragedy; he experienced the deaths of several of his siblings as a young child.
When he was seven years old, one of his older brothers was murdered. One of his brothers overdosed on heroin and another committed suicide because he was unable to deal with his addiction to the drug. His sister died as a result of a car crash during a police chase in a residential neighborhood. Saadiq states that he does not want his music to be reflective of the tragedies he experienced.
RAPHAEL SAADIQ says;
"And through all of that I was makin' records, but it wasn't comin' out in the music. I did it to kinda show people you can have some real tough things happen in your life, but you don't have to wear it on your sleeve."
He has been playing the bass guitar since the age of six, and first began singing at age nine in a local gospel group. At the age of 12, he joined a group called "The Gospel Humminbirds". In 1984, shortly before his 18th birthday, Saadiq heard about tryouts in San Francisco for Sheila E.'s backing band on Prince's Parade Tour. At the audition, he chose the name "Raphael", and had difficulty remembering to respond to the name when he heard that he got the part to play bass in the band.
"Next thing I was in Tokyo, in a stadium, singin' Erotic City. We were in huge venues with the biggest sound systems in the world; all these roadies throwin' me basses, and a bunch of models hangin' round Prince to party. For almost two years. That was my university."
RAPHAEL SAADIQ was born CHARLES RAY WIGGINS. He used the name Raphael Wiggins while in Tony! Toni! Toné!, along with his brother Dwayne Wiggins, and his cousin Timothy Christian. In the mid-1990s, he adopted the last name Saadiq, which means "man of his word" in Arabic. His change of surname led many to speculate that he had converted to Islam at that point; in reality, Saadiq is not a Muslim, but rather just liked the way "Saadiq" sounded and changed his last name simply to distinguish himself from and avoid potential confusion with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins.
"I just wanted to have my own identity!"Released in March 2010, RAPHAEL SAADIQ: LIVE IN PARIS is the physical album manifestation from the recording of a LIVE PERFORMANCE at LaBATACLAN, PARIS, FRANCE.
To fully enjoy the experience, check out RAPHAEL SAADIQ: LIVE IN PARIS.
HAPPY RAPHAEL SAADIQ HUMP DAY FUNK DAY!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And HUMP DAY FUNKY BLESSINGS;