Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1081

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

Editorial STUFF

Our cover star needs no introduction to B&S readers, multi-Brit-award winner Rory Graham aka Rag ’N’ Bone Man has been firmly on our radar since 2014 - showing the quality he is now widely known for, we announced him as a ‘one to watch’ for 2015! We are over the moon that he is now getting the recognition he deservers… But, it did take being #1 in 20 odd counties before a major label would take a punt! Lol. If they had only read B&S first… Other interviews this issue; China Moses, José James, Tanika Charles, Izo Fitzroy, Boddhi Satva, MF Robots, Errol Henry and Stone Foundation. Live reviews include: Sumptuous R&B from Joe and Ashanti from the Hammersmith Apollo in London. We go ringside as Yasiin Bey, formerly Moss Def, performed his last show in the UK/Europe before he retires from the music scene…hey, you never know right?! B&S’ Frank Elson check’s out a cracking Northern night at The Beechwood Club in Blackburn. And B&S Editor, Lee Tyler, visits the Butlins Ibiza Legends Weekender at Butlins in Bogor Regis... Our must-read All Time B&S Top 500 chart rundown continues from 221-184 and there’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists, who will be sharing the latest news within the genres they represent…talking of which, I’d like to wish a very warm welcome to B&S’ newest recruit/columnist/Blues guru, Jon Harrington. Till next time - may the music be with you always! Lee TylerB&S

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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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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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Prince Buster (24 May 1938 – 8th September 2016) RIP.

Ska legend Prince Buster has died at 78-years-old. RIP.

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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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The Wailers: Indigo at the O2, London 24/3/17

Nearly 36 years may have passed since his passing, but Marley is still big business and fitting The Wailers' extensive back catalogue into two hours is an incredibly difficult task...

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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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Matata : Wanna Do My Thing The Complete President Recordings

Their unique fusion of Afrobeat,Afrofunk,Hi Life and Soul music are all bound together with infectious energy and I love it!

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Lakuta: Brothers & Sisters (Tru Thoughts)

Lakuta: Brothers & Sisters (Tru Thoughts)

A gnat’s whisker from landing the album of the month slot. A lovely new find, the debut album from this sizzling Brighton-based collective...

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Africa Airways One & Two: Funk Connection 1973-1980/Funk Departures 1973-1982

On CD for the first time, this two-disc delight was first released in 2015 as two separate vinyl compilations. “Africa Airways,” is a deep exploration into the furthest parts of 1970s and early 1980s African funk.

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