“I’m still here”: Lenny Kravitz, solid as a rock

“I’m still here”: Lenny Kravitz, solid as a rock
“I’m still here”: Lenny Kravitz, solid as a rock

“I didn’t know if I could make a second one”: 35 years after his first record, Lenny Kravitz, almost 60 years old, released a 12th album and has just won his star on Hollywood Boulevard.

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“Let love rule”, a rock opus, was released in 1989, played and recorded with material from the 1960s/70s. It’s time for rap in the United States with Big Daddy Kane, Gang Starr, 2 Live Crew, De La Soul or DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, the latter alias hiding Will Smith in his first life.

“I had no idea what was going to happen next,” confides Lenny Kravitz, joined by videoconference by AFP. The music industry offered him a second chance and the New Yorker broke through with “Mama said” (1991), plowing the same furrow, carried by the hits “Always on the run” and “It ain’t over ’til it’s over “.

It was the start of a glittering career with 40 million albums sold and four consecutive Grammy Awards for best male rock vocal performance. Initial criticism (imitating 1970s rock) is outweighed by tributes from his peers today.

“Going to a Lenny concert is something. He’s been giving his stuff for years and everything he’s done has always been on the side of the best,” praised Pharrell Williams in Fader magazine.

Barack Obama

And at the start of the year, Barack Obama included it in his playlist of 2023 favorites, with “Road to freedom”. “It’s wonderful, Barack Obama makes great lists, full of meaning,” relishes the singer, who plays all the instruments on his records, except the saxophone.

The former American president did not choose this piece by chance, in connection with “Bayard Rustin”, a Netflix biopic named after a civil rights activist in the USA.

“I am honored to have helped tell this story. My parents were activists, I had heard his name but didn’t know as much about him as I should have. Everything that many people should have known,” says the artist.

This African-American activist undoubtedly remained in the shadow of Martin Luther King, of whom he was one of the strategists, because of his homosexuality.

Another honor, in March: Lenny Kravitz was entitled to his star on Hollywood Boulevard. Logical for the one who played on the piano in tribute to the deceased of the 7th art at the last Oscars.

“If I am offered flowers, I accept, I take advantage, I am always there and I am always hungry,” he smiles.

Bahamas

He plays this hunger in a post on A joke taken too seriously by the New York Times, which interviewed coaches who disapproved of his gestures.

His physique sculpted in the fitness rooms allows him to show off naked in his Parisian mansion for the clip for “TK421” (a reference to a Star Wars character). This single foreshadows “Blue Electric Light”, an album scheduled for May 24, two days before his 60th birthday.

“It’s an idea from Tanu Muiño, director of Rosalía’s “Chicken Teriyaki” video. She said to me: “I’m coming to your house, you get up and get ready.” I tell myself it’s going to be boring. But she said to me: “Take off your clothes, I’m going to start.” And we had fun as you can see,” brushes the singer.

So goes Lenny Kravitz, who records his Harley-Davidson on the song “Bundle of joy” but at the same time shows himself to be concerned about the environment, getting involved in charity concerts for the planet.

“In the Bahamas, where I often reside, for a long time, I have lived near the water, I see that the ocean has risen.” “The younger generations are inheriting a hell of a situation in relation to climate change,” he concludes.

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