The river's source can be pinned down to the area of the Ruwenzori mountain range in Uganda. Here, a wonderland with trees ten metres high, and magical and rare birds such as the Scarlet-tufted Sunbird or the shimmering Ruwenzori Turaco await. The Nile passes Lake Victoria and Murchison Fall National Park, where the stars of Africa's animal world – giraffes, elephants and lions – wait to make their appearance. After the Sudd's marshlands, the river slowly but steadily makes its way to its delta in the Mediterranean, through endless deserts and past Egypt's famous pyramids. More than 80 million people are living in the delta area, many of them depending on the regular flooding of the world's longest river. The natural world in the Nile's catchment area is as full of contrast and diverse as the landscapes and nations along its course. This three-part series explores all the different faces of the world's most ultimate river.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Wild Nile - Nile Rodgers - Netflix
Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr. (born September 19, 1952) is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976 and was one of the most successful groups of the disco era. He is famed for his “chucking” rhythm guitar style. Although he recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s, and one as part of the short-lived group Outloud, Rodgers has found more success in collaboration as producer and performer with many artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Philip Bailey, Thompson Twins, Sheena Easton, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears, Spoons, and more recently, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Max Pezzali, Nervo, Laura Mvula, Sigala, Keith Urban and Christina Aguilera. On April 7, 2017, Rodgers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received an Award for Musical Excellence.
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Between gigs, they recorded their first album with then-boss Luther Vandross, who provided background vocals on the group's early recordings. The band scored numerous top ten hits and helped propel disco to new levels of popularity. Chic's chart-topping songs “Le Freak”, “I Want Your Love”, “Everybody Dance”, “Dance, Dance, Dance”, “My Forbidden Lover”, and “Good Times” became club/pop/R&B standards. “Le Freak” was composed after being turned away from Studio 54, despite being invited by Grace Jones. “Le Freak” was Atlantic Records' only triple platinum selling single for more than 35 years and “Good Times” shot to the No. 1 spot in spite of the “Disco Sucks” backlash in 1979. The success of Chic's first singles led Atlantic to offer Rodgers and Edwards the opportunity to produce any act on its roster. They chose Sister Sledge, whose 1979 album, We Are Family, peaked at No. 3 and remained on the charts well into 1980. The first two singles, “He's the Greatest Dancer” and the title cut “We Are Family” both reached No. 1 on the R&B chart, and No. 6 and No. 2, respectively on the Pop chart. “He's the Greatest Dancer” was sampled in 1998 on Will Smith's “Gettin' Jiggy Wit It”. The combination of Rodgers' cocaine addiction, insomnia and Edwards' family later separated the pair as partners as the circumstances led Rodgers to work at an increasing rate while Edwards began to slow down.
As the Big Apple Band, Rodgers and Edwards worked with Ashford & Simpson, Luther Vandross, and many others. Since another New York artist, Walter Murphy, had a band also called The Big Apple Band, Rodgers and Edwards were forced to change their band's name to avoid confusion. Thus, in 1977 the band was renamed as Chic. Rodgers has stated that a major inspiration was a Roxy Music gig he saw in London:
It was a totally immersive artistic experience – the crowd were fly, the band were fly, the music was textual, they were saying 'come into my world'.
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