April 6, 2016
Byrne and Jamie Lidell remix Bernie Worrell’s ‘How Does the Brain Wave?’ to raise money for Worrell’s cancer treatment.
David Byrne has remixed a track by Bernie Worrell and Prince Paul’s project Baby Elephant, to raise money for to raise money for the Parliament-Funkadelic co-founder, who is currently fighting prostate cancer and stage-four liver and lung cancer.
Signed and numbered, each of the five dubplates comes with artwork designed by David Byrne, and forms part of a further auction of the artwork and autographed instruments.
Having joined Talking Heads in the 1980s, performing on Speaking In Tongues and heading out on tour with the band (he appeared in their must-see concert film Stop Making Sense), Worrell was a signifiacnt influence on Byrne, who payed tribute to the keyboardist on his website:
“Bernie is classically trained (as well as having perfect pitch I’ve heard him improvise with the sounds of traffic), so he brought those skills to the Afro-Futurism of the P Funk universe… a bit of keyboard cosmos into the funk chants and beats of that world that made it what it was.
“I learned a lot from that music, and of course from the time spent travelling and playing with Bernie—wordplay, musical attitude and lot more. He informed the musician and composer I was to become.”
Look out for more on the music of Bernie Worrell in our forthcoming P-Funk feature.