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On the heels of Motown's Stevie Wonder tribute album, due Tuesday, comes word of a similar Jimi Hendrix salute helmed by the late guitarist's step-sister Janie.On the heels of Motown's Stevie Wonder tribute album, due Tuesday, comes word of a similar Jimi Hendrix salute helmed by the late guitarist's step-sister Janie, Billboard Bulletin reports. Musiq has already recorded his version of "Are You Experienced" for the MCA set, due this year. Also confirmed to participate are Santana, Chaka Khan, Bootsy Collins, Seal, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
In related Hendrix news, the legend's gravesite memorial -- a construction project started by his late father Al Hendrix in recent years -- is nearing completion. Located at Renton, Wa.'s Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery, the memorial is made of granite and marble, with a life-size bronze sculpture of Jimi in the center. The guitarist's remains as well as those of his father, his grandmother, and Al's wife Ayako "June" Hendrix are housed in the memorial.
In a letter written by Al before his death in 2002, posted on Experience Hendrix's official Web site, he describes his plans for the Jimi Hendrix Memorial, inspired partly by the amount of fans who regularly visit the guitarist's gravesite.
"I hope that in the years to come, both my family and Jimi's fans will find peace, remembrance, and inspiration from this memorial," the letter reads. "I shall continue to embrace all of the other tributes to Jimi throughout the world, but I hope that the memorial project at Greenwood Cemetery will come to be seen as my legacy to Jimi and my family. Thank you all for your love and continued support of Jimi and my family."