Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1084

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

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A very warm welcome to our Autumn issue, summer maybe wiping its feet before hibernating for the winter, but we have an absolute scorcher on offer this issue - as usual, we have packed our pages to the rafters with the best talent on the planet as we bring you the genres you love along with news, reviews and interviews that set B&S aside from the rest… ISSUE 1034: Due to their popularity, we have decided to make it a hat-trick of double cover issues this year by offering yet another dream double this issue - in no particular order - One of the world’s most celebrated live bands/legendary purveyors of “Oakland Soul music”…ladies & gentlemen, I give you the mighty, Tower Of Power - who return to the UK to play a series of live dates this October for the first time in almost a decade. Our second cover has a VERY impressive ‘track record’, literally. John Morales is widely regarded as one of THE greatest remixers in history - his disco/soul remixes are the stuff of legend, and the best thing of all, he has a brand new remix album about to drop on December 1st. How do you follow that? Well, how about a Shalamar 35th Anniversary interview, or what about soul/R&B superstar and connoisseur’s choice, Eric Benét in conversation. Or maybe even a chat with the most popular pianist/bandleader in the UK, as Later…with Jools Holland celebrates it 25th Anniversary in style - we grab a few words with the man himself. Teach yourself how to read music the easy way, by casting your eyes over our interview catch up with exceptionally talented and uber cool R&B singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild. If dance music tickles your taste buds, we have an interview with a DJ described as ‘the Keith Richards of dance music’, clubland’s ‘favourite disco playboy, DJ Harvey. And if you like that lot, then you’ll love our one to watch this issue… Canadian powerhouse signer, Elise LeGrow, who’s reworkings from the catalogue of legendary Chess Records, is a thing of absolute beauty. Also this issue…we go live with Ne-Yo at the Brixton Academy, Mica Paris’ pays (what would have been) a 100th birthday homage to the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, at the brand new PizzaExpress venue in Holborn - if that wasn’t star-studded enough, (print issue only) we also take in the sites and sounds of Later…with Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall, as the flagship BBC 2 show celebrates its 25th anniversary... B&S’ man in the Northern Soul/Soul field, Frank Elson, checks out the goings on at the White Bull in Gisburn, Lancashire... Richard Searling looks at 1967, a pivotal year for Northern Soul…Follows the timeline of a year which was filled with key events that would go on to help shape a genre... The B&S top 500 all-time chart edges closer to its conclusion as we reveal numbers 114 to 77, artists this issue include; Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Tavares, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, Percy Sledge, Bob Marley, Ike & Tina Turner, The Stylistics, The Chi-lites, Martha & The Vandellas, Phyllis Hyman and Commodores + many more. Last, and by no means least… B&S columnists [in our print issue only] Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Jon Harrington (Blues) and Ben Lovett (Dance) air their essential news/views on the genres they love… we hope you will too! Until next time. Lee Tyler (Editor) @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&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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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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Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty : Parking lot symphony

This Grammy-nominated artist-the crescent city crowned prince, takes it up a notch with his debut album for the veritable Blue Note achieving  just enough swagger that his raucous concerts readily contain.

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