Crystal Palace FC unveil mural for Faithless’s Maxi Jazz

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A large mural paying tribute to former Faithless vocalist and musician Maxi Jazz (real name Maxwell Fraser) has been unveiled at the home ground of Crystal Palace Football Club.

It is emblazoned with “THIS IS MY CHURCH. MAXI JAZZ” and a depiction of Fraser’s face, who passed away late last year (December 2022).

A lifelong fan of the club and former Associate Director, it references the lyrics from Faithless’s 1998 hit track ‘God Is a DJ’.

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According to DJMag, the artwork was created as a collaboration with MurWalls, a collective of licensed British Street Artists.

It can be found in the Holmesdale Road Stand of Selhurst Park and was unveiled on Saturday February 11, where a crowd of people were invited to see it before the kickoff against Crystal Palace’s longtime rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

Steve Parish, the club’s Chairman said: “Maxi was a great man and a wonderful friend, who loved Palace with all his heart.

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“I would urge supporters located in the Holmesdale to spend a moment visiting this new mural, which is a fitting tribute to Maxi,” he continued.

On December 24, Faithless announced that Fraser had died via the band’s social media accounts.

In the statement posted, Rollo and Sister Bliss said: “We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died last night. He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave proper meaning and message to our music.

“He was also a lovely human being with time for everyone and a wisdom that was both profound and accessible. It was an honour and, of course, a true pleasure to work with him,” they continued.

“He was a beautiful lyricist, a DJ, a Buddhist, a magnificent stage presence, car lover, endless talker, beautiful person, moral compass and genius.”

Isaac Muk is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow him on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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