Sponsored by the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex – Fifty-four years ago, 30-ish year-old Frances Torain…
Yep, those are the Clark Sisters you hear on Jay-Z’s new CD, 4:44. The rap mogul’s latest project features a sample of the Clarks’ “Ha Ya” on his track, “Family Feud.”
“Ha Ya (Eternal Life)” was written by Twinkie Clark and first recorded by her and her sisters almost 40 years ago. Jay-Z is just one of several secular artists who has covered or sampled the music of the Clark Sisters over the years. Others have included Xscape, Kelly Price, Aaliyah, and Mary J. Blige.
You think the Clarks are excited?
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