Brooklyn’s Daptone Records has shared a video in memory late soul singer Charles Bradley, who passed away last weekend at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.
The video, which can be viewed below, features Bradley speaking on his life, from the difficult times he faced to his late-in-life success as a musician with Daptone, his faith and more. There’s also footage of Bradley singing an a cappella version of his song “Victim of Love” to a crowd in Vienna.
The video was made by filmmakers Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey, who helmed the concert film Living On Soul, which documented Daptone’s 2014 Soul Revue at New York’s Apollo Theatre wth Sharon Jones, Antibalas and other Daptone artists.
“I try to forget about a lot of the hardships. But it’s hard to get rid of it, because in the hardships, there’s some sweetness,” Bradley says in the video. “Sometimes I feel like I missed the best part of my life. The only thing that’s left for me is to give my love to the world. Because this body is getting old, and I got a late chance in life. Anybody out there that’s seeking their dreams, for an older person like me: Don’t give up. Take it to your grave.”