In Memoriam|

Photo: Miss Fredi | From Karen Gerdine: This writing comes with heavy heart, as it is never easy sharing the news of a loss of a friend. Miss Fredi of Fredi and the Soul Shakers, and long time member of the Denver music scene, passed away a few weeks ago. The Colorado Chapter of the Singers Society mourns the loss of a Charter member and leader of Women in the Music Industry.

From Frederica Robinson,59 left her earthly home on October 22, 2023, to be with Jesus and his angels. She leaves to cherish her memory, Mother Margaret Johnson, Son Eric Coleman, daughter in law Jeresa Coleman, Daughter Leilannah White, 6 grandchildren, and a host of aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service was held on Tuesday Oct. 31, 2023.

From the Soul Shakers: A little note here, Fredi was not the first female singer we had. We tried a few… one even lasted for an entire show 🙂

Video to remind you of Miss Fredi and the band’s talent – by Michael Schuberth:

From Erica Brown: I am sharing this devastating news from Sis Sheryl Renee’s page. I cannot believe it. Frederica “Miss Fredi” Robinson was a beloved Icon on the Colorado Music Scene with her band The Soul Shakers until she moved to be near her Mother [in South Carolina]. I would often read with much respect her posts, and enjoy her frequent “Church Flow” clothing style posts as she stayed in touch with us here in Colorado.

I send my deepest, deepest condolences to her Mother and Family, and to all in her Colorado Music Family. I’m just gutted. Lord, Have Mercy. Please donate if you can.

From Sheryl Renee: I am so saddened to share that my longtime sis-star Frederica “Miss Fredi” Robinson passed away and has joined her beloved “brubbie” Sheldon, and her dad, Matthew. I can honestly say in the 45 years that I knew Fredrica, I can only remember her smiling face and loving hugs. I still laugh when I think of her onstage with her band, Fredi and the Soul Shakers, and the items she could make “miraculously appear!!” (If you know…you know!)

She loved the Lord, was fun, loving and didn’t take herself too seriously.

They’ve [the family] started a gofundme, and any help you can give to her children Eric & Leilannah and her mom, Margaret, will be so appreciated. She was having some health issues, but her death was definitely unexpected and devastating.

God bless you, my friend. We always said “I love you” so you know that will never change. Rest in Paradise.

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November 2023
15: Oladips, 28, Nigerian rapper; Karl Tremblay, 47, Canadian folk singer (Les Cowboys Fringants), prostate cancer.

14: Buzy, 66, French singer; Chabelita Fuentes, 92, Chilean singer and folklorist.

13: Ivo Kuusk, 86, Estonian opera singer.

12: Mohammed al Amin, 80, Sudanese musician.

11: Luis Carlos Gil, 72, Spanish singer (Trigo Limpio); Conny Van Dyke, 78, American singer and actress (Hell’s Angels ’69, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, Framed), complications from vascular dementia; Angelita Vargas, 77, Spanish flamenco singer and dancer, stroke.

10: Roberto Manzoni, 74, Brazilian television director, composer and music producer; Johnny Ruffo, 35, Australian singer (“On Top”) and actor (Home and Away), brain cancer; Mihai Timofti, 75, Moldovan actor, singer, and professor.

9: Mobil Babayev, 77, Azerbaijani composer; R.L. Boyce, 68, American blues musician; Junko Ohashi, 73, Japanese singer, esophageal cancer.

8: Hannelore Auer, 81, Austrian singer and film actress (I’m Marrying the Director, The Merry Wives of Tyrol, …denn die Musik und die Liebe in Tirol); Louis Oster, 95, French lawyer and musicologist.

7: C-Knight, 52, American rapper (The Dove Shack), complications from a stroke; Haris Xanthoudakis, 73, Greek composer; Heath, bass player for X Japan.

6: Nadira Begum, Bangladeshi folk singer; Iván Cruz, 77, Peruvian bolero singer and composer; Sean Martin, 26, English musician (The Night Café); Yoshiko Miura, 74, Japanese lyricist (“Mayonaka no Door (Stay with Me)”), pneumonia; Dino Piana, 93, Italian jazz musician.

Photo: Frederica Robinson

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