Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1070

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Welcome to our 2014 closing / 2015 opening party! Well almost! lol …As we usher out the expiring year, with our customary comment on the movers and shakers who contributed to the previous packed 12 months of quality music, we also run our eye over the artists who we feel will be THE contenders of tomorrow - proclaiming them as artists who are ‘set to trend’, as we are sure they will be! ...Talking of which, we are as pleased as punch to have dynamite R&B / Soul duo Nico and Vinz grace our cover this issue, after tracking their progress pre their massive hit, “Am I Wrong”, it’s great to see these two musical marvels enjoying the fruits of their industrious labour. We look forward to hopefully welcoming them back to our top spot on many occasions in the future.... How do you follow that? Well, how about with one of THE coolest actors on the planet…Star of TV’s Luther and a great many Hollywood blockbusters to boot, Idris Elba drops by to talk about his intriguing “Mii Mandela” project, which brought together a plethora of stars / friends to record an intriguing musical thank you from the actor, who has just finished playing the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, to the people of South Africa. Next up is R&B vocal harmony legends Boyz II Men, who celebrate a brand new album with a slightly different (some say fresh, as do we) direction being taken by this fine threesome... We then concentrate our efforts totally on our stars of tomorrow, as we bring you hot talent by the score in the shape of; JP Cooper, Veronica & the Red Wine Serenaders, (Vanessa William’s uber talented daughter) Lion Babe, Rag N Bone Man, Blue 6, Kieran Alleyne, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis AND special congratulations go out to George The Poet and Years & Years, both have made the short list for the Critic’s choice award and the long list (at time of going to print) for the Sound Of 2015 - both feature in our print issue + partially online and I'm really pleased because I do get a vote in the latter, I’m glad my rallying cries of support for both acts have been heard! Good luck to all artists selected, but especially ours! ...Here’s to another fantastic year in music, catch you in Feb 2015! Lee TylerB&S

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Win 10 Ruf Records live CD/DVD albums

Ruf Records have released a total of 10 live CD/DVD packages in their acclaimed “Songs From The Road,” we give you the exclusive chance to win a full set. We have three sets to give away in our easy to enter competition...

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Win The Trevor Nelson Collection Vol.3

Win Trevor Nelson Collection Vol.3 CD’s

Trevor Nelson delivers impressive cuts by the bucketload (too many to mention in fact) on this must be bought to be believed blockbuster. If you would like to win a copy of The Trevor Nelson Collection Vol.3...

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Hot V Festival 2015 line-up announced

V Festival 2015 line-up has just been announced, second ago. Tickets on sale very soon. All you gotta do is "Bring the vibe."

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Renegades of Rhythm tour

Renegades Of Rhythm UK Tour 2015

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist are here with their vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm tour in February - to honour Afrika Bambaataa’s influence on hip-hop.

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Soul Train Cruise

Soul Train Cruise Open To UK Fans

US Soul Train Cruise featuring 30 major soul stars is now offering flights and access to UK soul fans for the first time.

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Run The Jewels UK Shows

After quickly selling out their headline show at London’s KOKO this year, Run the Jewels has announced an additional London date - @ The Forum, London on 7th June 2015.

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Wu-Tang Clan UK Shows

Wu-Tang Clan - one of the biggest and most influential hip hop groups in the world - return to the UK next year for two very special live shows in London and Glasgow.

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Nico & Vinz: The Right Stuff

Pete Lewis interviews international chart-toppers Nico & Vinz, as the Norwegian-born-and-raised/African-rooted duo release their musically-eclectic new album “Black Star Elephant”...

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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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Boyz II Men: It's a Men thing

B&S assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews Boyz II Men tenor vocalist Shawn Stockman, as the 60-plus-million-selling Philadelphia superstars release their twelfth studio album “Collide”...

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George Tandy Jr.: Melody maker

George Tandy Jr. is well on his way to becoming one of current R&B / soul music’s most unorthodox talents. The transparent singer, songwriter and keyboardist croons with undeniable sincerity and clarity...

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Snoop Dogg: O2 Academy, Bristol 11/12/14

When hundreds of fans packed into Bristol’s o2 Institute to see hip hop superstar Snoop Dogg perform, few would have expected to see him leaping around the stage singing along to “I Love Rock’n’Roll”! It was a biza

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Avery Sunshine and Shaun Escoffery clearly love what they do...for more than two hours, two big voices with talent to match, filled London's Under The Bridge venue, below Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium...

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Pharoahe Monch: Brixton Jamm, London 21/11/14

Pharaohe Monch: Brixton Jamm, London 21/11/14

Hot on the heels of performances in Brighton and Bristol, which drew praise from the crowds, landing a Pharaohe Monch show was a massive coup for this small music venue in South London...

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