Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1091

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B&S issue 1041: Cover stars don’t get more ‘Blues & Soul’ or “best in their genre” than blues superstar Gary Clark Jr. and scintillating soul talent Samm Henshaw. Both are currently in blistering form with outstanding album and EP releases so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome both to their respective covers.... Other first-class interviews include Nervous Records boss Mike Weiss, who reflects on the label’s history and a new Brooklyn Session’s compilation. The life-affirming sounds of Michael Franti take centre stage as the soulrocker gives B&S the inside track on his new album, accompanying film and tells us what it’s like playing live shows in a prison and taking tea with the Dalai Lama. There’s hip-hop historical enlightenment care of genre heroes Rodney P, Blak Twang and Ty as they join forces to form the supergroup, Kingdem. Distinguished modern jazz outfit Us3 co-founder Geoff Wilkinson makes a long-awaited return with the luscious soul/jazz sounds of his new project, YLD (Wild). Last, but by no means least, last year’s end of year issue predicted the rise of reggae one to watch, Koffee, this issue follows-up that prediction as the artist takes her first steps towards stardom and tells B&S all about her new sounds and what it was like working with a pair modern reggae legends.... We bring you the best live action from the inaugural Beat Horizon Festival, jazz great Salena Jones is in vintage form at the Pheasantry in London. We witnessed grime’s finest, Kojo Funds, absolutely slay it at the Forum in Kentish Town. Yet more controversy surrounded rap star Azealia Banks recent visit to the UK and we were there to catch her memorable performance at the Electric in Brixton. And talking of memorable events, Frank Elson check’s out the goings on a The Old Stone Trough in Kelbrook, Burnley... Other must-reads include a playlist from iconic Northern Soul venue, The Blackpool Mecca, chosen by DJ’s Pete Haigh and Colin Curtis, no less. There’s also a list some of Northern Soul’s finest romantic tunes care of Richard Searling. Also, Duncan Payne rewinds and reminds as he takes the helm of The Blues & Soul Years once more and travels back to 1979 and disco’s last hurrah. Miss these crackers if you dare! Lastly, we feature our usual dance, R&B and hot release charts. Plus, regular columnists Ben Lovett (Dance), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Bigger (R&B) and Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) who are all on hand to share their thoughts and expertise in their respective genres. How do we fit that lot in you ask? It’s a secret! Lol.Until next time. Lee Tyler (Editor) @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&S

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Chronixx + Protoje @Alexandra Palace 11 November 2018

Chronixx and Protoje @Alexandra Palace

Jamaica has a long and proud record of producing innovative artists, and that is epitomised by the excellent Chronixx and Protoje, who both boast an impressive catalogue of music...

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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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Koffee: Cream of the crop

Pete Lewis interviews 18-year-old female Jamaican singjay Koffee around the release of her current, Walshy Fire-produced single “Throne” and soon-come debut EP “Rapture”...

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Chaka Demus & Pliers: Still Floating Like A Butterfly

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-successful Jamaican reggae/dancehall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, who this month undertake their first UK tour in over ten years...

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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: 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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Alborosie: O2 Kentish Town Forum, London 22/3/19

Alborosie is at the pinnacle of his career, he has built up an impressive catalogue of work since moving to Jamaica in 2001 and his rise to prominence is nothing short of extraordinary...

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Da Lata: Dakar

Da Lata are back after a three year hiatus with a new seductive single entitled "Dakar". A homage, no doubt, to the senegalese capital...

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The Neville Staple Band : Put Away Your Knives

The track itself is a classic 2Tone influenced punky ska and reggae roustabout complete with wailing trombone and general mayhem! A great rewrite of a ska spangled gem.

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Kizzy Crawford: Adlewyrchu Arnaf (Reflecting On Me) Freestyle Records

Freestyle's Kizzy Crawford celebrates St David's Day with a gorgeous slice of folky soul entitled "Adlewyrchu Arnaf " (Reflecting On Me) and sung in welsh too...

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Greatest Jamaican Beat : Rock Steady Baba-Boom Time

The Supersonics were the driving force in this wonderfully lilting genre born out of the ashes of The Skatalites Tommy and his band reigned supreme

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Moon Hop : Derrick Morgan

Along with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, Derrick Morgan is a godfather of ska, rocksteady, and reggae

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Dennis Brown : Just Dennis / Deep Down

When the reggae world lost one if brightest stars Dennis Brown at just 42 they went into deep mourning and justifiably so

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