Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1086

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND MUSIC + ESSENTIAL NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS...

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ISSUE 1036: Kicking off this issue in style we have award-winning soulful singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist dbClifford and critically lauded jazz/hip-hop/funk outfit The Herbaliser adorning our covers. Other stellar interviews include: One time James Brown band member and sax legend, Maceo Parker. Quality house/soul singer/songwriter Peyton. Soulhouse label boss/DJ Brain Power. DJ/remixer/producer Deetron. Funk/soul singer-songwriter and one time Mighty Mocambos frontwomen, Gizelle Smith. The real lord mayor of Brixton, AKA Ty, brings his inspired soul to B&S pages and if that wasn’t enough, touted for success by us sometime ago, Ady Suleiman, finally gets an album release and boy are we glad! ... We go live with reviews from Seal at the London Palladium and PARTYNEXTDOOR at the Brixton Academy. Frank Elson checks out Colne Muni in Lancashire and grime is on fire as Bigger invites all artists to take a bow! It’s charts galore with our Grooveyard (Dance), B&S (What’s) Hot and Smoove Grooves (RnB) charts. The B&S Top 500 Singles of all time has almost reached conclusion 50-21. And one time Droitwich Sunday soul sessions original DJ, Carl "farmer" Dene along with Richard Searling, list the blue-eyed-soul performers/songs which have influenced the Northern Soul scene for over 40 years. Lastly, sharing their knowledge as per, our columnists; Bigger (RnB), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Ben Lovett (Dance), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) and Jon Harrington (Blues) Till next issue - may the music be with you! Editor: Lee TylerB&S

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UB40 40th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall @bluesandsoul.com

UB40 announce 40th Anniversary show

UB40 will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 25th and celebrate not only 40 years since they became one of the UK's best loved bands, but also the release of their brand new studio album...

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World Music Star Muyiwa's Big London Spectacular

Muyiwa is a major name in the world of African and Gospel music - his radio shows have reached over 2 million people and his TV show, 'Turning Point' has reached more than 70 million people worldwide.

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J Balvin @bluesandsoul.com

Reggaton Superstar J Balvin's One-Off UK Concert

Reggaeton’s biggest star J. Balvin is heading to the UK for a one-off show on Sunday 13th November...

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Lee Scratch Perry: From Dub Star To Film Star

The new film about reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry is now released on DVD after a UK cinemas tour, and winning prestigious awards at various overseas film festivals.

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Nature @bluesandsoul.com Nature @bluesandsoul.com Nature @bluesandsoul.com Nature @bluesandsoul.com

Nature: Prepare the throne

B&S' Simon Redley talks to an artist with the reggae world at his feet, Nature, drop a new album "Life Journey" and sheds light on his eventful upbringing...

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Idris Elba: mii Idris Elba

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to UK actor/DJ/producer Idris Elba about the mii Mandela musical project which accompanies his portrayal of South African freedom fighter/president Nelson Mandela in movie The Long Walk To Freedom...

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Gyptian @bluesandsoul.com

Gyptian: Loverâs Rock God

Determined not to fall prey to the âlove godâ phenomenon associated with Jamaicaâs leading loverâs rock icon Gyptian, I caught up with him at the Wembley Hilton in the midst of his promotional tour following the release of

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Kabaka Pyramid: o2 Academy in Islington, London 22/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com Randy Valentine: o2 Academy in Islington, London 22/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com Marla Brown: o2 Academy in Islington, London 22/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com Kabaka Pyramid: o2 Academy in Islington, London 22/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Kabaka Pyramid + Randy Valentine + Marla Brown: o2 Academy in Islington, London 22/6/17

If you haven't yet heard any Kabaka Pyramid music, you really should. With Chronixx and Protoje among the reggae revival artists currently riding high, these are good times to be a reggae fan...

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ROLL WITH IT THE BLUEBEATERS

The Bluebeaters: Roll With It (Records Kicks)

With the heads up from Noel Gallagher, Italian ska skankers take on an Oasis classic and turn it into a bluebeat beauty! I think you are going to definately roll with this one...play on Mc Duff!

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Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers (Freestyle Records)

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers (Freestyle Records)

Ginger Johnson finally get the recognition he so rightfully deserves as a pioneer of African music in Europe. The Afrobeat groove along with flailing horns, this stuff is infectious!

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Alogoto Oho Jonas & His Sounds Of Joy- Zota Yinne (Philophon)

Alogoto Oho Jonas & His Sounds Of Joy: Zota Yinne (Philophon)

Alogoto & Co produce a beautiful slice of lilting reggae with a distinct African slant / Jamaican in feel, but African in sound! Think Yoruban type female chanting meets Sly & Robbie...

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Ken Boothe

Ken Boothe: Inna De Yard

Something of a grand occasion in the Reggae world when Ken Boothe releases a new album...and who hasn't shed a tear listening to probably the most touching Reggae love song of all "Everything I Own"?

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Chronic: Chronology (Virgin / EMI)

Chronixx: Chronology (Virgin EMI)

There's been plenty of anticipation around Chronixx's debut long player... "Chronology" is a powerful tour de force, and puts Chronixx at the forefront of the reggae revival...

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adam Ben Ezra

Adam Ben Ezra : Pin Drop

His offering ‘Pin Drop’ recorded before a live audience at the Little Big Beat Studios in Lichtenstein offers the listener a trip to another distant yet enchanting world.

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