By on December 24, 2018

There are a few people who can rightly be described as legendary. Mavis Staples is one of them. With a voice of fierce strength and tremendous passion, the soon 80-year-old Mavis has meant incredibly much to soul and gospel genres. On June 25, we welcome her back to Sweden and the Nalen – where she last appeared in 2013.

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Chicago-born Mavis Staples started with music as an eleven-year-old, then together with her father and her siblings in the group The Staples Singers. Her solo debut came in 1969 and since then it has continued. Mavis Staples tours on average 200 days a year, and anyone who once saw her understands why. Her gospel schooled voice with a special raspy is similar to no one else, and when one of the world’s perhaps brightest soul stars turns 80, it is of course done with additional tour.

On February 8, she release a new live album that was recorded on the singer’s 79th birthday during a concert at Union Chapel in London. Recently, Mavis Staples also made an extremely acclaimed collaboration with Irish artist Hozier. Together they wrote the song “Nina cried power”, which is as much a tribute as a reminder of the many artists who in various ways struggled to make their voice heard – including Mavis herself, who has long been a human rights activist.

With her on the concert at Nalen on June 25 she has her eminent band consisting of Rick Holmstrom (guitar), Stephen Hodges (drums), Jeff Turmes (bass) and Donny Gerrard and Vicki Randle (choir song).

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Stockholm