Kofi Burbridge was renowned for his keyboard and flute playing. He spent many years performing with Derek Trucks. Burbridge died in Atlanta in 2019. Photo: Josh Brick

Kofi Burbridge tribute documentary streaming May 1 

Kofi Burbridge is the subject of a 2020 installment of the “Lest We Forget” series, a short video special produced by Philadelphia-based Ace Entertainment.

The non-profit program is honoring Burbridge in its fourth year with a 32-minute streaming documentary on www.lestweforgetmusicians.com. (Watch trailer below.) The Burbridge feature will be available on May 1.  

Previous musicians who received video tributes through the program include Tom Petty, Prince, Ed King, Glen Campbell, Valerie Carter and Walter Becker.

Burbridge, an ace multi-instrumentalist revered for his guitar, organ and flute playing – including 22 years with Derek Trucks – died in February 2019 at the age of 57 from setbacks stemming from his 2017 heart surgery. The musician died in Atlanta, where he moved in 1987. 

The “Lest We Forget” special includes rare in-studio performance footage as well as interviews with Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Victor Wooten, Jimmy Herring and Burbridge’s brother, bassist Oteil, among others. 

"You don’t meet many geniuses in your life, and you really don’t get a chance to share a huge chunk of your life with them…It was a hell of a gift,” Trucks says in the documentary. “He just made everything better and everything cool.”

A $1.98 fee to stream or download is donated to charities important to those being honored. For Burbridge, it will be the Kofi Burbridge Music Matters Fund in partnership with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.