May 16, 2022

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Remembering pioneer funk artist Betty Davis

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Remembering pioneer funk artist Betty Davis

Davis captivated audiences with a powerful brand that combined funk, feminism and sexuality, while performing R&B, funk, soul and rock.

Singer and heralded Queen of Funk, Betty Davis, is remembered by those who knew her best after her death this week in Homestead, at the age of 77.Davis captivated audiences with a powerful brand that combined funk, feminism and sexuality, while performing R&B, funk, soul and rock.It was her trademark that influenced other musical artists, says ethnomusicologist, Dr. Danielle Maggio, who studied Davis’ career for 13 years.”She was the first Black female vocalist to write, arrange, perform on and produce her albums,” Maggio said.Maggio was also an associate producer of the documentary on Davis, ‘They Say I’m Different.'”She was so free in her expression of sexuality. She really played with the dynamic of femininity and masculinity. She teased the audience,” Massio said.Davis moved to Homestead with her family at the age of 11, according to her life-long best friend, Connie Portis.The two frequented the Homestead Community Center for talent shows as teenagers.”Betty stood out, because not only was she bold, brazen and beautiful, she was a good entertainer,” Portis said.Davis embraced music and cultures from all over the world, and in turn, Portis says Davis gave the world her unique brand of musical expression.”She made an impact around the world and she continues to make an impact,” Portis said.

Singer and heralded Queen of Funk, Betty Davis, is remembered by those who knew her best after her death this week in Homestead, at the age of 77.

Davis captivated audiences with a powerful brand that combined funk, feminism and sexuality, while performing R&B, funk, soul and rock.

It was her trademark that influenced other musical artists, says ethnomusicologist, Dr. Danielle Maggio, who studied Davis’ career for 13 years.

“She was the first Black female vocalist to write, arrange, perform on and produce her albums,” Maggio said.

Maggio was also an associate producer of the documentary on Davis, ‘They Say I’m Different.’

“She was so free in her expression of sexuality. She really played with the dynamic of femininity and masculinity. She teased the audience,” Massio said.

Davis moved to Homestead with her family at the age of 11, according to her life-long best friend, Connie Portis.

The two frequented the Homestead Community Center for talent shows as teenagers.

“Betty stood out, because not only was she bold, brazen and beautiful, she was a good entertainer,” Portis said.

Davis embraced music and cultures from all over the world, and in turn, Portis says Davis gave the world her unique brand of musical expression.

“She made an impact around the world and she continues to make an impact,” Portis said.

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