Shonka Dukureh, a singer and actress who not too long ago. Portrayed blues legend Willie Mae “Large Mama” Thornton in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, has died at age 44.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native was discovered lifeless in her Nashville house on Thursday. July 21, in line with the Metro Nashville Police Division. The police division confirmed on Twitter that no foul play is clear. Including that the actress shared her house together with her two younger youngsters.
The singer and actress drew approval for her efficiency as Thornton in Elvis, launched earlier this summer season. Within the movie, she carried out the singer’s model of Jerry Leiber. And Mike Stoller’s “Hound Canine,” which the real-life Thornton recorded in 1952. Her rendition seems on the movie’s soundtrack.
“A particular gentle went out at present and all the Elvis film household is heartbroken. By the lack of Shonka Dukureh,” Luhrmann wrote on Instagram. “From the second she got here into our world, Shonka introduced pleasure, spirit and naturally her voice and her music. At any time when she was on set, on stage, and even simply within the room. Everybody all the time felt uplifted. Shonka was simply beginning to discover a bigger viewer for her great expertise. And I obtained to see her uplift entire crowds of individuals at Coachella and past.”
The filmmaker added, “A favourite phrase of Shonka’s, in every day use, was ‘blessings,’ and I, together with your entire Elvis solid, crew and musical collaborators, really feel actually blessed to have had time together with her.”
Dukureh appeared within the music video for Doja Cat’s contribution to the Elvis soundtrack, “Vegas,” which interpolates a pattern of Thornton’s “Hound Canine” recording. Dukureh additionally appeared onstage with Doja Cat throughout her set at Coachella to carry out the music.
Doja Cat paid tribute to the performer in an Instagram story, writing, “Relaxation in Peace Shonka – an unimaginable expertise taken from us too quickly. Was a real honor attending to know her and I’m so grateful to her for lending vocals to ‘Vegas.’ Her wonderful efficiency in Elvis amongst her different artistry will stay on. Sending my deepest condolences to her family members.”