Sheila E. honours Prince with new custom DW drum kit

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Renowned drummer and percussionist Sheila E. played a one-of-a-kind DW custom kit as part of a special musical celebration honouring Prince at the BET Awards. Sheila E. played a personal tribute to the Prince on a gloss white drum set and matching timbales crafted in DW’s California Custom Shop.

The kit featured Prince’s iconic “symbol” accented with multi-coloured butterflies and finished with gold hardware.  The art for the drums was inspired by Sheila E.’s recently inked tattoo commemorating the life of the multi-talented artist who passed away on April 21st.

“My instrument is the portal into which I pour my heart and soul. It allows me to express what I am feeling,” said Sheila E.  “I had the opportunity to share with the world so many of the emotions that I, and many others, have experienced in these past weeks since Prince’s passing. It will be part of our healing process and another step on the road that lies ahead.”

Sheila E.’s performance of a medley of Prince classics including, Erotic City, America and “Baby I’m a Star”, closed the evening’s award ceremony which also featured tributes from The Roots, Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson among others.

Sheila E. has also revealed a new Prince-inspired single and album, both are titled Girl Meets Boy and are influenced by the pair’s relationship.

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