Pop legend Prince’s documentary, festival and music from the vaults on the horizon

US singer and musician Prince. — AFP pic
US singer and musician Prince. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 — Plans for a documentary and a festival honouring the late singer Prince have been revealed this week, while a recent record deal suggests more of Prince’s music might soon see the light of day.

ScreenDaily has reported the news that a documentary following the musician’s early years and his rise to fame is in the works.

Michael Kirk (of upcoming documentary Find Your Groove) is producing and directing Prince: R U Listening, which will reportedly be released in 2017.

Some of the iconic musician’s bandmates, friends and family are to participate in the film, including guitarist Dez Dickerson and bassist Andre Cymone, who was a close friend of the artist. Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. are also participating, according to the report.

It was also announced this week that a festival titled “Celebration 2017” will welcome fans to Prince’s Paisley Park near Minneapolis from April 20-23, 2017. The four-day event will honour the artist’s life and legacy and mark the one-year anniversary of his death with a program of live music, panel discussions and presentations.

Tickets for Celebration 2017 are on sale now and range from US$499 (RM2,226) for general admission passes to US$999 for VIP entry. Find out more at officialpaisleypark.com/pages/celebration2017.

On top of those concrete plans to honour Prince in the year to come, projects to release more of the artist’s music may be in the pipeline. In early November, Prince’s estate signed a deal to make Universal Music responsible for the late musician’s entire catalogue.

While Universal did not reveal any specific plans, the group promised to “work closely with the artist’s estate to develop new creative outlets for his music.”

In June, music industry executive Charles Koppelman, who was appointed to handle Prince’s assets along with L. Londell McMillan, told the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six that those outlets could include a Broadway musical or a Cirque du Soleil show featuring the artist’s hits. — AFP-Relaxnews

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