Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan, born in Chicago in 1953, was raised in a family that embraced jazz, opera, R&B and political activism. She started her first musical group, The Crystalettes, when she was 11 year old. As lead singer of the band Rufus, she earned the title “Queen of Funk.” A versatile artist, Khan has sung many genres of music— R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical.

The 10-time Grammy Award Winner is also an actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist. In 2019, at the age of 62, Khan released her 12th album.

Why this stop? The 51st Street Green Line stop is at the western edge of the Hyde Park neighborhood where Khan grew up.

Watch a video of vintage Chaka Khan perform “Tell Me Something Good” with Rufus.

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