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Otherworldly and far from tame: Satori Shakoor's road tales with Parliament-Funkadelic

The psychedelic funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic, or P-Funk, broke out in the '70s and quickly became known for their out-of-this-world tours in a giant fake spaceship. Satori Shakoor joined us to share some road stories from her time in the band.
Satori Shakoor was born Jeanette McGruder. (Submitted by Satori Shakoor)
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The psychedelic funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic, or P-Funk, broke out in the '70s and quickly became known for their out-of-this-world tours in a giant fake spaceship.

The band's frontman, George Clinton, once said, "we are all Afronauts, capable of funkitizing galaxies." Hailed as pioneers of the Afrofuturism movement, P-Funk pushed ideas about black music into the future. Now, Clinton is leaving his beloved funk collective in the past as he embarks on his final tour with the band.

Satori Shakoor played with the psychedelic funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic. (Submitted by Satori Shakoor)

To celebrate Parliament-Funkadelic's final tour, Satori Shakoor joined us to share some road stories from her time in the band. She's an American-Canadian singer and actor who played with P-Funk. In 1978, she was 23 years old, living in New York City and trying to make it in theatre when she was hired as a back-up singer for one of the Brides of Funkenstein. 

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— Produced by ​Vanessa Greco

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