After suffering a stroke in 2006 and another in 2007, singer Angela Bofill is in the midst of a comeback of sorts with appearances starting tonight, July 22, through Sunday, July 25.
She’s calling her shows at The Rrazz Room in San Francisco a “new chapter.” Here’s the thing, though. She won’t be singing in any of her shows because her strokes have impeded her ability as a vocalist as well as her mobility.
“My manager, Rich Engel, came up with the idea,” she told BayTimes.com. “My fans really wanted to see me, (but) the stroke damaged my vocal cords, no more singing. Brainstorming with my manager, we came up with the idea (and called it) The Angela Bofill Experience.”
You’re probably wondering how the shows will work if she’s not able to sing. She says she’ll be telling stories about her career which peaked in the 70s and early 80s. But the kicker is that her music will be sung each night by singer Maysa who’ll be backed up by her (Angela’s) band.
Also on hand to perform (besides Maysa): David Valentin, Phil Perry, and Norman Connors.
The article notes that humor has played a role in her slow but increasing recovery, which most recently has allowed her to ditch her wheelchair. One stipulation of doing an appearance, Bofill says, was “I have to walk in. I hate the wheelchair. I feel like a cripple.”
For more info: www.therrazzroom.com