Bilal performs "Sister" with The Roots & Wendy Melvoin at City Winery in New York, March 6, 2013

As we mentioned earlier today, many of the participants in tonight’s “The Music Of Prince” tribute at Carnegie Hall held an open “rehearsal” in front of a packed crowd at City Winery in New York City last night, March 6th.  Our favorite performance of the night was Bilal‘s intense reading of Prince’s still-shocking “Sister” from 1980’s Dirty Mind.  With former Prince guitarist Wendy Melvoin sitting in with The Roots, Bilal transformed Prince’s original punk-influenced song into a genre-hopping and wonderfully disorienting lament on an incestuous tryst.

Side note: Does anyone have video of Bilal & The Roots covering Prince’s “International Lover” at BAM back in 1999?  If so, let us know in the comments!!!!

Producer + Editor: Allison Swank
Videographers: Chinisha Scott + Jay Sprogell


  • maro

    amazing, love ?uest laughing at the end too..

  • they took it and twisted im not really feeling this version of it. prince gave it a rock funk feel this is more neo soul i love bilal voice thou

  • am

    Love it! Prince lives in this man.

  • promeneur

    Apparently prince’s people removed it from Youtube, can you send me a link ?

    • apparently TACKAP broke into the okp vault in the dead of night and deleted all the files too. when we woke up all we found was a plate of pancakes, still hot off the griddle.


  • Gabriel Tellez

    Damn, I wanted to see this again!