A Minute With: Nile Rodgers on guitar, music and charity

Musician Nile Rodgers performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
FILE PHOTO: Musician Nile Rodgers performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 3, 2019. REUTERS / Ian Cheibub

December 16, 2021

By Mindy Burrows

LONDON (Reuters) – After a career spanning six decades, veteran guitarist, composer and producer Nile Rodgers is today as focused on his philanthropic work as on music.

Grammy Award winner best known in the 1970s with the band Chic and the hit song “Le Freak”, has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in music including David Bowie and Madonna and is an accomplished guitarist. influence, but is now selling a number of prized properties to charity.

On Thursday, a bunch of his guitars and other belongings are up for auction, with proceeds going to his We Are Family Foundation.

Rodgers, who will also host an online Christmas concert for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins on Sunday, spoke about his work, foundation and auction in an interview with Reuters. .

Below are excerpts edited for length and clarity.

Q: Can you talk about the guitars being auctioned?

Rodgers: “97% of the records I produce, I also play and I play a guitar in particular, but I also use the right tools for the right job.

“I don’t have an exact memory of every song I played because there were many… thousands… and most of these guitars I acquired during my production or recording.”

Q: Between producing, writing, performing, operating the platform, and seeing the family, how do you fit it all in?

Rodgers: “I work 24-7, I love working. I call myself a worker bee.”

Q: What is the mission of the platform?

Rodgers: “We Are Family Foundation[is]the turbocharger in my engine because at this point in my life, I can’t be the kind of activist on the ground that I was when I was younger… What I can do now with the We Are Family Foundation… is to support financially and sometimes emotionally, but I can support young people who are living on the face of the earth, working in the field that can really help the planet.

“As a result of the pandemic, we thought we would be less effective. We want to be more efficient because we can now deal with people in their actual surroundings and we can match them with mentors and financial support… to help them move their project with local people. ”

Q: Is there an artist you’ve never worked with but want to work with?

Rodgers: “There are a lot of new artists and even some classical ones that get me excited. I love what they do and I want to be in their world.”

(Reporting by Mindy Burrows; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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