Soul singer Angela Bofill recovering from stroke

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Friday, March 23, 2012

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AMERICAN soul singer Angela Bofill is on the road to recovery after suffering two strokes in the last six years.

The 57-year-old Bofill is best known in Jamaica for the songs, Tonight I Give In (Somebody Walked into My Life), a cover of This Time I'll be Sweeter, Still in Love and Time to Say Goodbye.

Those songs gained traction locally thanks to frequent spins on the popular Float On programme which aired on the now-defunct JBC FM during the 1980s.

In a telephone interview with Splash last week, Bofill said her recovery has been a slow one.

"I'm doing better now but recovery has been very slow. After the first stroke I couldn't walk and now I'm walking. I couldn't talk but now I'm talking again," said Ms Bofill.

The setbacks affected Bofill's recording schedule significantly. She had cut demos for an album prior to the second stroke in 2007 and is optimistic the project will be eventually completed and released.

"After the strokes, I couldn't sing anymore. I lost the pitch and I was walking with a cane and a brace," she said. "I have started playing the piano again. But I am happy to still be around to talk about it."

Bofill released her first album, Angie, in 1978 for Arista Records. She released six more albums for Arista before moving to Capitol Records in 1988. She also released an album for Jive Records and another for the independent label, Shanachie Records.

In the United States, her biggest hits were Too Tough, Tonight I Give In and I Just Wanna Stop which hit the Top 10 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart.

"Clive Davis, who was the president of Arista Records at the time, gave me the song Tonight I Give in. I loved the song and I really enjoyed doing ballads," Bofill said.

Bofill presently resides in San Francisco, California. She has been doing spot dates with a play called the Angela Bofill Experience.

She performed in Jamaica at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 1998.

"I was surprised that Jamaicans knew my songs. Before I got the stroke I vacationed a few times there. I really like Dunn's River Falls and Ocho Rios," said Bofill.




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