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Chaka Khan

chakakhanRaised in Chicago and re-named by her local chapter of the Black Panthers (her real name is Yvette Marie Stevens) Chaka Khan brought both erotic maturity and a churchy ecstasy to disco vocals, cementing the idea of the ‘Disco Diva’ aimed originally at women, and worshipped to this day by gay men hooked on the blend of sexual energy and romantic melodrama.

I Feel For You (1984) featured not only the glorious Chaka pipes, the writing talents of Prince and the production skills of legendary Atlantic soul veteran Arif Mardin, but the tongue-twisting rap of Melle Mel and the unmistakable harmonica trills of Stevie Wonder. Quite some cast . . .