Keyboardist and Funk Icon Bernie Worrell


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Bernie Worrell first came to prominence as a founding member and musical director of Parliament/Funkadelic, radically charting the course of emerging keyboard technology during the golden age of synthesis. After departing Parliament/Funkadelic, Worrell resurfaced with the revamped Talking Heads lineup for several albums. Worrell’s colorings, this time delivered via new digital keyboards, were central to the recasting of group leader David Byrne’s musical ideas through African rhythms. In the years since he left Talking Heads, Worrell has been a phenomenally prolific studio musician, contributing to projects by the likes of Bill Laswell, Keith Richards, the Pretenders and Deee-Lite. At the same time, he’s among the most-sampled musicians ever, with Digital Underground, De La Soul, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and countless others having acknowledged his timeless grooves by building their tunes around his signature riffs. In his 2013 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, P-Funk’s synthesizer wizard sat on the couch – and behind the Hammond – to discuss his biggest records with Parliament/Funkadelic, the Talking Heads and more.

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