Enlarge this image In the studio, Betty Davis wrote, arranged and produced her own music – a rarity in her time, especially for a Black woman.Robert Brenner/Courtesy of the artist Robert Brenner/Courtesy of the artist
In the studio, Betty Davis wrote, arranged and produced her own music – a rarity in her time, especially for a Black woman.
Robert Brenner/Courtesy of the artist The incandescent, influential funk musician Betty Davis , who made a string of albums in the mid-1970s that helped to shape stylish, Afrofuturist strains of funk and hip-hop, died on Wednesday in Homestead, Penn., where she had lived since childhood, according to a statement from her record label.Danielle Maggio, a friend of Davis and a producer of Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different , told NPR that she died of cancer after being diagnosed only last week.Davis was 77.
Born Betty Mabry, she attended New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and later became a model, working with designers and appearing in magazines like Seventeen and Glamour .All the while, she was tinkering with a musical fusion of rock, soul, funk and blues.
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