Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1101

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Editorial STUFF

In our end of year/ushering in 2022 issue, we bring you plenty of ‘best of’ charts, artists, tracks, albums and events which stood head and shoulders above the rest. And if that wasn’t enough, we also deliver our predictions for the year ahead. Our cover artist for this issue is immensely talented, AHI. We catch up with sublimely talented soul/r&b star Rahsaan Patterson. We also bring you interviews with not one but two elite DJs, DJ Huck Finn and ex-B&S staffer and DJ’ing lege Pete Tong. Kickstarting a brand new recurring feature, B&S’ Claire Tyler interviews Pete’s daughter Becky Tong and last, but by no means least, we interview renowned Texas-based genetic scientist (yes, you heard right) turned Southern rock and county soul singer/songwriter/keyboardist John Blangero A.K.A. Sun King Rising. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Live reviews include Wizkid at the O2 in Greenwich, The Average White Band at G Live in Guildford and Bugzy Malone at the Indigo @O2, billed as the artist’s last ever tour - we hope not... Charts include Bigger’s Best Of 2021 R&B Smoove Grooves. Stay bang up-to-date with what’s hot and trending in the worlds of soul, r&b and jazz-soul via the Hip List. There are hip-hop and rap bangers galore on the B&S Urban Hot Chart and Ben Lovett drops his 2021 Dance Top 5’s and continues to set the pace with his not to be missed Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart... Duncan Payne’s regular feature the B&S Years travels back to 2001 and highlights many US artists who were making their mark in the world of black music. The B&S Years also features the best artists/tracks, albums and B&S Poll Winners in 2001... Columns this issue include Bigger’s Smoove Grooves (r&b), Ralph Tee’s Modern Soul Sessions, Richard Searling’s Runout Groove (northern soul), Ben Lovett’s Grooveyard (dance), Frank Elson’s Checkin’ It Out @Blackburn Oldies all-dayer (northern soul). Lastly, don’t forget to check out our Soulful Social page, where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and listen to the latest B&S tracklists and charts via the Blues & Soul profile on Spotify. Let us know what you think of our efforts and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Till next time, Lee Tyler *Twitter @LeeTyler13 Spotify Profile: Blues & Soul #BlackLivesMatterB&S

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Blues Fest London 2019 announce stellar lineup

Blues Fest London 2019 have announced another mouthwatering lineup this year with John Legend, Raphael Saadiq and Rickie Lee Jones performing at the O2 Arena and Indigo2…

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Later...with Jools Holland 25th Anniversary - Thursday September 21st 2017

Later...with Jools Holland celebrates 25th anniversary with star-studded RAH event

Jools Holland celebrates the 25th anniversary of his BBC TWO "Later with..." show at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 21st. Full show info and details of artists appearing...

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Incognito announce fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter

Incognito announce Jazz Cafe fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter, Christina

Incognito's Bluey hope is to raise as much money as possible and add it towards the overall target of £80,000, which is figure needed to provide vital treatment for Kenny Thomas' daughter...

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Sam Teskey: My Own Way

Lee Tyler talks to Teskey Brothers' Sam Teskey about his impressive debut solo album, "Cycles", an album which contains a heady mix of blues, rock, soul, folk with a psychedelic vibe mixed the Teskey way...

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Marcus King: Royal Blues

Karen Lawler grabs an exclusive interview with guitar god/blues hero, Marcus King. In this rare interview, King gives an insight on touring, working with some true greats and his latest and follow-up albums...

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Gary Clark Jr: Rebirth Of The Blues

B&S exclusive: Blues hero/B&S cover star Gary Clark Jr talks new album "The Land", how he leaned to play guitar, an appearance in Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" and meeting blues icons...

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Robert Cray: Natural Blues

During his recent UK tour, Blues great Robert Cray spoke to Chaz Brooks about his hunger for vinyl, his favourite singer/album, recording with the legendary BB King and of course, Donald Trump!

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Kingfish : The Garage London 6/06/023

He has received critical acclaim and has won several awards, including a Grammy Award for his debut album "Kingfish" in 2020. He has been compared to some of the greats of the blues world, such as B.B. King and Albert King

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Gary Beales : All Of Me

Canadian soul singer Gary Beales releases a barnstorming single entitled ‘All Of Me’ ( no not a cover of John Legend or the jazz standard)

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Rony Breaker feat Chinua Hawk: Solid Ground (DJ Meme and Mannix Remixes) Dafia Records

Here comes part 2 of an already excellent original release, as Rony Breaker and Chinua Hawk’s "Solid Ground" gets a full makeover...

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Blue Moka : Fill The Void

"Fill The Void" is the new single by Blue Moka, one of Italy’s most prominent Jazz quartets.

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STUART ZENDER : Happy Feelings feat. Omar & Ana Tijoux

Make no mistake about it Zender’s contribution to Jamiroquai’s early success saw him as a major player.

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Lakiko : what to do, How to live ?

Bosnian Beauty, Lakiko drops her debut album which is sung mainly in her native tongue.

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Sebah: Speak With Your Heart (Self-Released)

Sebah: Speak With Your Heart (Sebah)

French singer and guitarist Sebah releases his second solo album, “Speak With Your Heart”, comprised of 13 songs of a Caribbean soul and reggae disposition and just like his idol Bob Marley, his tunes are...

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