Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1088

Welcome to B&S

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

Editorial STUFF

ISSUE 1039: Once again, we bring you another issue which is packed to the rafters with must-read interviews, enlightening columns, up to the minute release news and plenty of retro resplendence... This issue’s delicious double cover issue comprises of the distinct frontman of Nightcrawlers fame, John Reid, who I might add, is sounding better than ever and is producing music which is a must for any soul fan. He is joined on the opposite cover by true reggae greats, Chaka Demus & Pliers. With a back catalogue which seeks for itself, these guys are responsible for some of the best reggae tunes ever made.... Our first class interviews continue with 2 funk stunners, firstly, Gordie fukerteers Smoove & Turrell give their candid take on making their new album in an ever-changing world of funk and soul. We also have Aussie funk giants, The Bamboos, who boast the talents of not only the first man of Australian funk, Lance Ferguson, but also Australian funk royal, Kylie Auldist. Ever busy DJ/remixer DJ Q has worked at 1Xtra, Ministry Of Sound and Kiss to name but few - in this issue, DJ Q gives us the lowdown on his latest exciting project, “Fabriclive 99”. And last, but by no means least, our one to watch this issue is Australian R&B/soul artist, Caiti Baker. We are sure you will be hearing a lot more from this huge talent in the very near future... We feature plenty of live action in this issue, with festival reviews from Manchester’s Parklife, Bath’s Nass, Lewes’ Love Supreme and Holland’s North Sea Jazz festivals. We also review Jimmy Cliff at the Roundhouse, Lalah Hathaway at KOKO and Angie Stone, again, at Camden’s Roundhouse. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Frank Elson presents a classic Checkin’ It Out as he looks back at July 1976 and his visit to the Yellow Lady in Warrington. Frank is not the only contributor looking back this issue, as we excited to announce a brand new regular feature called “The Blues & Soul Years” where Duncan Payne takes a year in B&S’ history and gives a full rundown of music happenings as covered by this magazine in that year... There is just time to mention our esteemed columnists Richard Searling (Blues), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Jon Harrington (Blues), Ben Lovett (Dance) and R&B’s finest, Bigger, who are on hand to share their considerable knowledge on the genres they proudly represent. Till next time! Lee Tyler (Editor, Blues & Soul magazine) @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&S

Read more
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...

Videoread more

Muyiwa pic

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.

read more

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...

Videoread more

Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Hugh Wright Haw Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Hugh Wright Haw Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Hugh Wright Haw Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com

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...

read more

Lee Scratch Perry poster

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.

read more

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...

read more

Idris Elba @bluesandsoul.com Idris Elba @bluesandsoul.com Idris Elba @bluesandsoul.com Idris Elba @bluesandsoul.com

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...

read more

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London: 26/3/18

There are few musicians in any genre as prolific as the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Responsible for some of the finest music to come from Jamaica

read more

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!

Videoread more

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!

read more

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...

Videoread more

Pioneers

The Pioneers : Long Shot / Battle Of The Giants

The Pioneers really are one of Jamaica's finest musical exports and were expertly guided by the legendary producer Leslie Kong (Jimmy Cliff,Bob Marley,Desmond Dekker) who brought the best out of this

read more

Dave1

Dave And Ansell Collins: Double Barrel

All good Ska, Bluebeat and Reggae lovers are going to appreciate this thoroughly comprehensive compilation (with new tracks never released on CD)...

read more

Harry 1

Harry J All-stars: Liquidator

Let's face it,some music never grows old.Just who can forget that classic sixties single 'Liquidator'? A beautiful tune dreamt up by reggae producer, Harry Johnson who became one of Jamaica's fastest growing hitmakers...

Videoread more

From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz

Join the B&S Mailing List

Blues and Soul on Twitter