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Monday, April 07, 2008

Sasha, Chaka. Chaka, Sasha.

Chaka Khan and Sasha Kaun have to get together for some kind of photo op. In the meantime, here they are together at last. Honestly, I don't know how announcers say Sasha Kaun's name at all without breaking into "I'm Every Woman."

For the record, Chaka Khan's name is much funner to say. I'm not at all familiar with her music, but the songs I have heard all seem to involve her singing her own name. If I had that name, I'd sing it, too. The first time I can remember even hearing of her existence was, I believe, during a Grammy's in the 80s. Prince might have been there, too. I can't remember too many details, but I can never forget hearing her name repeated over and over rhythmically, hypnotically, "CHA-ka KHAN, chakaKHAN, chakaKHAN. CHA-ka KHAN, chakaKHAN, chakaKHAN." I may not have heard of her before that, but I believe all six kids performed various renditions at multiple venues over the days, weeks, months, and even years that followed. In the off chance I find it on YouTube*, I'll post a link. But for now, your imagination will have to do the work.

Anyway, she probably has the most onomatopoetic name in the world (with Jack Kerouac and Jacques Chirac close behind). Now I've got to find a song that goes with this post . . . I'll go with a musical reference** to the team I thought had the best chance to win the tournament.

*You must follow this link if you have a single funky bone in your body. And you gotta love the Grammy's for having John Denver introduce this performance.
**I really wanted to go with "That's How I Got to Memphis," by Solomon Burke, but can't seem to make it work. Too bad. It's a great song.


  1. Whenever I hear Chaka Kahn's name, I always think of that scene in Ace Ventura where they are rescuing the bird or something and Ace is faking people out by saying, "Shikaka...Chhhhicago....Chaka Kahn...". Obviously, it's been a while and the details are fuzzy, but I'm sure you know the scene...


  2. I know this Grammy performance. I think I saw it on some segment of a VH1 show about the Chakameister...


  3. OK, that big word might be fun to say if you actually knew HOW to pronounce it. :)

  4. Wow, Chaka had some big do back then, didn't she...

  5. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk... Go KU!

  6. I didn't know how to define my relationship so I put lurker. :)
    Ha! How else would you define somebody you've never met but is the Aunt of a friend of yours that can't resist reading your blog every day...

  7. Ha! I think it would be a 3-sided coinflip between "Friend," "Not Ready to Define the Relationship," and "Foreign Dignitary."


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