An icon passes: Faruq Z. Bey 

From the ’70s to the end, saxophonist-composer-poet was cultural force; plus rare footage of Bey with Griot Galaxy

A Detroit cultural icon since the 1970s, Faruq Z. Bey leaves behind an enormous void. He was found dead at his Detroit home on Saturday, June 2, apparently of natural causes. And as the word circulated, those he touched talked about how his music had knocked them down, opened them up, raised their intellect, inspired their creativity, touched their spirits.

Read MT's June 6 article about his passing; the blog entry begun June 2 that has become an evolving hub for friends, fans and others to share memories thoughts, video and audio links, etc.; and our 2003 profile

Below is a rare 1984 video of legendary Detroit band Griot Galaxy in its prime with Faruq, Tony Holland, David McMurray, Jaribu Shahid and Tani Tabbal. The video was directed by Ken Schramm as part of a cable TV presentation of the Metro Times Music Awards.


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