Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1085

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ISSUE 1035: Setting our stall out for the coming year in typical B&S fashion, our magazine cover star is one of the hottest prospects on the planet right now. And with 5 Grammy nominations to his name already and plenty of chart action of late, Khalid looks like he will be setting the music world on fire in the coming months. Congratulations Khalid on your first international (print) cover, I’m sure it’s going to be the first of many... How do we follow that? Well, how about an interview with UK Jazz great Courtney Pine and a chat with UK Soul royal, Mica Paris? Pine recently released his critically acclaimed album, “Black Notes From The Deep” with a little help from the godfather of UK Soul, Omar, who’s honey-glazed vocals compliment perfectly. Equally impressive Paris has devoted her considerable talent to performing a show which is dedicated to the late and ever so great, Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald...Other standout interview exclusives include dance world’s man of the moment, Mark Kinchen A.K.A. MK, who’s stellar tune “17” has hit the top of charts far and wide. Remember when 90’s R&B vocal harmony groups ruled the world, One Twelve were at the forefront of that revolution and the great news is, they are back with a brand new album, “Q Mike Slim Daron”. Funk faves Crowd Company are also in interview action as they release their cracking debut, “Stone & Sky”. And the Godfather of Soul, James Brown’s righthand women Ms Martha High releases something very special as she teams’s up with authentic Japanese funk & soul outfit Osaka Monaurail for the release of new album, “Tribute To My Sisters”... Our two featured artists to watch out for this issue might be different in style but are very similar in star potential. US artist Jacquees is heavyweight label Cash Money Records latest signing with singles already gracing the chart and new album “4275” rumoured to drop in the spring. UK artist Nyree brings a deft mix of genres delivered with plenty of soul - single “A Brighter Shade Of Love” is about to do good things and her “International Girl” album (due spring) will no doubt be highly anticipated... We have a plethora of tasty live events from current Hip-Hop champs Run The Jewels at Brixton, he’s called the Lenny Kravitz of the Jazz world - blinding upright bassist Miles Mosley was on fire at the Islington Assembly Hall and last but by no means least soulsationally talented SZA and contemporary R&B thriller Bryson Tiller both sizzled at Hammersmith Apollo. There’s also a live review from B&S’ Northern Soul stalwart Frank Elson as he checks out Little Hutton Conservative Club near Manchester... Our all-time Top 500 singles countdown enters its final stages as we rundown (82-51) and review a whole host of outstanding releases from the last 50 years. Other charts include the Grooveyard Essentials dance chart, Smooth Grooves R&B chart and the B&S (get them while they are) Hot chart. Also, Richard Searling looks back/lists his fascinating “Blues & Soul Power” tracks, compiled for his Radio Manchester show... Lastly, as per, our columnists are here to share their knowledge in the genres they love and in this issue, reflect on another event-filled year in Dance (Ben Lovett), R&B (Bigger), Modern Soul (Ralph Tee), Blues (Jon Harrington) and Northern Soul (Richard Searling) as well as look forward to an exciting 2018. Here's to a great year for music and an even better one next year! Lee Tyler (Editor)B&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: 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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