Stevie Wonder was a fan and friend of Chadwick Boseman. He recalls meeting the actor — who died Saturday from cancer — at an event both entertainers attended.
Stevie tells the Detroit Free Press, “I was really impressed with how he was able to go into a character, not only visually… The way he became the voice of the character was incredible, like his whole soul was inside.” He felt a connection with the actor since “part of my doing different songs and singing different ways is sort of becoming the character of the song. You have to be what you are in.”
Boseman was among the artists who took part in Wonder’s 2018 documentary, The Dream Still Lives, which celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Stevie was moved by Boseman’s “quiet grace and strength” as he battled cancer. Namechecking his Black Panther character, he noted, “Wakanda will live forever. He is that character… His motivation is something that can encourage people in every corner of the earth. He made a decision to put his purpose in front of the suffering and pain… He didn’t take us to a pity party — he put us in his purpose party. That’s what we need, and that’s what he showed us.”