Famous in part for his ability to give social issues life via song, singer Stevie Wonder took a moment during a stop on his Songs In The Key Of Life Tour to address the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Addressing the crowd he said, “You mean to tell me, two grand jury decisions in two weeks, and you can’t get one fair decision? Right now is some bullsh*t,” before delivering an incredible performance of “Living In The City” from his 1976 album Innervisions. He also reminded everyone that “Black lives Matter,” “Brown Lives Matter,” “White Lives Matter” and finally “All Lives Matter.”
The show, held at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California also saw performances from Oakland native Sheila E. and songstress India Arie, with a cameo appearance by comic Dave Chappelle. Ms. E in particular put so much passion into her drum performance that one of her sticks flew into the audience. Also in attendance were Wonder’s children Kwame, Sophia and daughter Aisha who inspired the hit “Isn’t She Lovely.”
In addition to performing hits like the Civil Rights laced “Pastime Paradise,” “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” “Sir Duke” and more. Launching into his alter ego called “DJ Chick Chick Boom” he advised the promoters “If you pay, I will play” before giving the audience a list of fan favorites.
The legendary singer also noted, “These are the same conditions that I first sang about in ‘Living For The City.'”
#InCaseYouMissedIt: Watch Stevie Wonder perform “Knocks Me Off My Feet” during Songs In The Key Of Life Stop in Oakland
(Video courtesy of Kirsten Howley)