Pay Marva Whitney What You Owe Her

A funk legend survives James Brown's mania and hip-hop's uncredited samples

Now, if Whitney's New Year's Eve show is a success, there are plans to form a touring ensemble of funk femmes with Vicki Anderson and Martha High. With a hardened aplomb that would please Mr. Brown, she explains her resilience: "It's OK: You fell off the horse—now you gotta get back on. And that's the way it is."

"Oh, they've ripped me off again."
Marva Whitney/Soulpower Inc.
"Oh, they've ripped me off again."

Marva Whitney plays the Bell House December 31

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