Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, and wide vocal range.
Prince was also a multi-instrumentalist; His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991.
In 1993, while in a contractual dispute with Warner Bros., he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol (), also known as the "Love Symbol", and began releasing new albums at a faster rate to remove himself from contractual obligations.
Members of the group, left to right, are: Anthony Lincoln, Lead vocals & Tenor Sax, Elias Negash, Piano, Keyboards & Vocals, Louie Moon Robinson, L & R. “It is a reflection of the various dynamic genres incorporated into the music,” Elias said in a recent interview with Tadias Magazine.
“Ethio-smooth is included along with R&B, Reggae and Salsa.” He added: ” In so doing, the music has been refreshed and jazzed up.
After a brief stint in Los Angeles working on the Royal Princess Cruise ship in the 1980s, Elias appeared on a sound track for the television movie Elias now owns and operates Soph El Recordings, a music studio located in Oakland Hills, California that opened in September 2000.
Elias Negash, second from left, is the leader of Retroz Band - a jazz ensemble based in the Bay Area. (Courtesy photo) Tadias Magazine Art Talk | By Tadias Staff Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 New York (TADIAS) – The latest CD by California-based musician Elias Negash, whose songwriting combines Ethiopian music with international influences, is entitled .In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his film debut.It quickly became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the double album Sign o' the Times (1987) as a solo artist.The Kingdom of Punt, an ancient East African civilization, plays a major role in the book’s creation.“Our mission with Etan Comics is to entertain, empower, and educate our fans.