Chadwick Boseman was an icon who impacted the world in an incredible way. He was very adamant on playing roles that told the stories of innovative African-American heroes. His performances portraying Jackie Robinson (’42’), James Brown (‘Get On Up’), Thurgood Marshall (‘Marshall’) as well as King T’Challa in ‘Black Panther’, exhibited his impeccable depth as a thespian.
When he passed away in August 2020, it inspired Niles to create a tribute verse about him that he released online, resulting in resounding praise. Grammy-winning trumpeter and producer, Nabaté Isles contacted his friend, Niles and suggested that they make a full record about Chadwick and the rest was history.
When “Niles & Nabaté” linked they needed a powerful singer and they knew just who to contact, an amazing Detroit vocalist named Beth Griffith-Manley. Beth has toured for years with Anita Baker and Kem, recorded on projects with Yolanda Adams and was featured on NBC’s “The Voice”. Beth was delighted to be featured because, like Niles & Nabaté, she has a tremendous respect for Chadwick Boseman and his legacy.
The record is a great song with a sound that is reminiscent of the classic Hip-Hop with a soulful-pop undertone fusing African percussion, giving it a tribal and organic essence. This sonic cornucopia makes it a timeless piece of musical art. As the song reflects on Chadwick Boseman’s resonating impact on the world, it is sure to make a contribution to keeping Chadwick Boseman’s legacy alive forever.
“Super Hero: Ode To Chadwick Boseman” is out now on Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube and many more digital music platforms.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Chadwick Boseman Charitable Fund for the Arts.