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by Jimi Hope
Jimi Hope (1956 to 2019) was a Togolese musician, sculptor and painter. Jimi Hope was born Koffi Senaya in Lome, Togo, on October 12th 1956. He first discovered his passion for 'rock' music at the age of eleven, and after leaving college training became best-known in music through his involvement with the 'Acide Rock' group. During his career in that field, he recorded eight albums and cassettes, gaining distinctions at the Togo Music Awards in 2001 for his LP "It's Too Late". However, his 2002 follow-up album "Born To Love" adopted a more acoustic style, and he was fondly christened by the public with the title "The Pope of African Rock and Roll" (sometimes also "The Cardinal of Popular Song"). Hope had come up with his stage alias by combining the given name of his favourite 'rock' artist Jimi Hendrix with his yearning for future success (hope). During his lifetime, he gave concerts in the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as in several other countries of Africa outside his country of origin. As well as being a musician, he was also a notable painter and sculptor, and he produced many fine named works in this particular sector of the arts - they included "Le Joueur de Cora", "La Devaluation" and "Le Palais des Rois d'Abomey". Jimi Hope died in Paris on August 5th 2019, aged 62. He had gone to the French capital to receive treatment for an undisclosed medical condition, but did not recover from it. [ Translated from: http://www.bbc.com/afrique/region-49245686 ]
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hope - http://www.republicoftogo.com/Toutes-les-rubriques/Idees/La-mort-d-un-geant
Posted: 6th September 2019
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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