Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Taka Boom

Taka Boom (born Yvonne Stevens in 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is a female R&B singer and the sister of Chaka Khan.

She came up with the name "Taka Boom" by combining the Swahilli word for "love of my people" (which is her first name) and her last name "Boom" is comes from her ex-husband's job as a demolition expert.

Taka worked with Chaka in their hometown of Chicago until Chaka joined a local Chicago group called Rufus and she moved to Los Angeles, California. She worked as a session singer in the early 70's, singing with Carl Carlton, the Gap Band, and she was also a member of George Clinton's Brides of Funkenstein.

In 1975, Taka was the lead vocalist for music group, Undisputed Truth and soon after, Taka signed a record deal with Ariola Records.
In 1979, Taka released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #171 on the Billboard 200 and #48 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

She scored a moderate R&B hit with the song "Night Dancin" which peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

The follow-up single from the album "Red Hot" peaked at #70 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.

After that, Taka joined the Norman Whitfield-produced music group, Dream Machine. They only released one album in 1981. After that, she returned to her solo career.
In 1983, Taka released her second album "Boomerang" on Calibre Records. It's unknown how or if the album charted at all. The two singles released from the album "Love Party" and "To Hell With Him" were released, but it's also unknown how they charted.

In 1985, Taka signed to Mirage Records and released her third album, "Middle of the Night" which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts. The title song managed to peak at #63 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In the mid-90s, Taka moved to London and continued doing session work along with performing in live appearances. She been featured on a few dance\electronic music singles during the 2000's and the most recent one was on electronic music duo, Glimpse's single, "We Existed" in 2008.

To see the music video for "To Hell With Him," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hbdPl0vqfE

To see the music video for "Middle of the Night," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inI5P3DYy78

To see a fan-made video for "Night Dancing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CJZRjxHPro

1 comment:

Jahlaune said...

Wow I forgot about her