The making of Chaka Khan | Pitchfork | Chicago Reader

The making of Chaka Khan 

All kinds of Chicago music—AM radio pop, free-spirited R&B, bold Afrocentric jazz, soulful funk—came together to shape her incredible voice.

Chaka Khan came into the world on March 23, 1953, as Yvette Marie Stevens—her jazz-loving parents named her after the Stan Getz song "Yvette." Though she'd go on to become an icon of powerhouse funk, that name pays homage to white…

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