Ginger Baker‘s son Kofi Baker — along with his Music of Cream bandmates Malcolm Bruce (Jack Bruce‘s son) and Will Johns (Eric Clapton‘s nephew) — have paid tribute to the legendary Cream drummer after his passing.
The Music of Cream carries on the legacy of Cream’s live show, currently with a string of U.K. and U.S. dates as part of a 50th anniversary world tour.
“The other day I had a beautiful visit with my dad… we talked about memories and music and he’s happy that I’m keeping his legacy alive,” Baker, who follows in his father’s footsteps as a drummer but has admitted in the past that the pair endured a rocky relationship, said in a statement issued by his group. “Our relationship was mended and he was in a peaceful place. Thank you all for the kind messages and thoughts. I love my dad and will miss him always.”
Johns, guitarist and vocalist, added: “I have really fond memories of Ginger. When I was a kid, he would play games with me and was always a lot of fun when I would see him at Eric’s house. I can remember always asking Pattie, ‘Where’s Ginger, where’s Ginger?’ He was cool and I loved him.”
“Much love and peace to Ginger’s family and respect to him,” said Bruce, bassist and vocalist. “He leaves an incredible and innovative legacy. He always explored across the boundaries of creativity, collaborating with musicians from other cultures before the term ‘world music’ was adopted by others, and had a truly musical ability and a natural sense of what was true and beautiful. Rest in peace. It has been an honour to know you!”
Baker, who co-founded the 1960s blues-rock supergroup that is Cream, died on Sunday (Oct. 6) at the age of 80.