Prince

Three men standing with one woman in a radio studio
Andrew Resler for KUMD

New Power Generation (NPG) was Prince's backing band for many years. Members of that group reunited in 2017 and have been performing shows billed as Celebrating Prince. They'll be bringing that show to the Big Top Chautauqua on Saturday, July 7, and band members stopped by Studio A to chat with Christine Dean. Guitarist Levi Seacer, an original NPG member, keyboardist and musical director Morris Hayes, who worked with Prince on and off for 20 years, and the band's new, young vocalist MacKenzie, talked about working with Prince and the new project.

KUMD Single Review: Prince

Apr 25, 2018

Prince| “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Two years after Minnesota lost one of its biggest icons in Prince, we are still receiving classics from him posthumously. The man who made purple more than just a color has had his previously unreleased single “Nothing Compares 2 U” put out by Warner Bros. Records. Originally recorded in 1984 for Prince’s band the Family, it was made famous via a 1990 re-recording by Sinéad O’Connor which spawned her greatest hit.

University of Minnesota Press

Our guest on this segment of MN Reads is Andrea Swensson, the author of Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound, published in 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.  The book explores the culture and music that shaped the Twin Cities' R&B scene, and the life and career of Prince.  

Ms. Swensson has long been a music journalist in the Twin Cities and hosts a radio program the Twin Cities on local music.