Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1082

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

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I take great pleasure in announcing not one exciting cover star this issue, but two! As ever impressive, QueenBrit Live aka Carlene Graham, graces the front of this issue and immaculately talented soul hero, Imagination featuring Leee John, is looking just as striking on our second cover. Other first-class interviews this issue continue with Soul/Blues goddess Nikka Costa, dance music maverick Carl Craig, quality soul/R&B vanguards ephemerals, deft genre-crossing Frankie Oliver and jazz one to watch, Polly Gibbons...Live reviews include Cymande at Ronnie Scott’s, Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall and Sean Paul at the Forum Kentish Town. Plus, B&S’ Frank Elson checks out a Northern Soul gem at The Strategy, Barnoldswick in Lancashire.... Our all time top 500 B&S singles countdown continues from 180-141 with; Cameo, Fugees, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, The Chi-Lites, Four Tops, Ray Charles, Rose Royce and Nina Simone amongst the highlighted artists this issue... There’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists: Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Bigger (R&B), Ben Lovett (Dance), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) and Jon Harrington (Blues) who are on hand to share their wealth of musical knowledge and upfront news on; Soul, Northern Soul, Dance, Blues and R&B, respectively. Till next issue, Lee Tyler (Editor)B&S

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TLC announce 1st ever UK date

Counting huge worldwide hits that include "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs" and "Creep"... Prolific music shifting Crazy, Sexy, Cool hip-hop/R'n'B royals TLC are on their way to the UK...

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Red Hot 5-Piece UK R&B Group Announce Tour Dates

Following the release of their new single "Oh Lord’," British band MiC LOWRY have announced four headline UK shows for February 2017.

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21st Birthday Party Preparations For V Festival 2016

The countdown has begun for the 21st birthday celebrations for V Festival next month with an array of superstars including Rihanna making exclusive UK appearances over the weekend of 19th to 21st August.

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Dua Lipa: Modelled on success

B&S' Karen Lawler catches up with shooting star Dua Lipa to discuss her new album, Annie Mac dropping her tunes, dealing with her new found fame. Plus working with Sean Paul and Martin Garrix...

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Tweet: Life is Tweet!

After a long self-imposed hiatus, immensely talented American R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist, tweet, catches-up with B&S’ Semper Azeez-Harris before her new album "Charlene" showcasing UK date...

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Rob Green: Go Green!

Rob Green. Green by name but not by nature. This young Nottingham soul and R&B singer songwriter has got it all. Destined for sizzling success if there is any justice in this world......

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Gambimi: The fresh option

B&S' tracks down another brand new quality artist who we think has all the credentials to go all the way... UK based RnB singer/songwriter Gambimi talks to Semper Azeez-Harris...

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Craig David: O2, London 26/3/17

The show would last nearly two hours, and was a lively showcase for a musician who's been down on his luck but has come back from it...

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Elliott Macauley: Games (Records DK)

Multi instrumentalist and talented producer picks his A team and comes out with a single of sonic seduction, production blessedness...

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Elle Varner:Only Wanna Give It To You (MBK Entertainment/RCA)

One word tells you all you need to know about US singer Elle Varnerâs debut UK single, âOnly Wanna Give It To You.â That word is âHIT.â But letâs add a second word to avoid doubt: âBIG HIT."

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Prince: Dance 4 Me (Purple Music)

Prince: Dance 4 Me (Purple Music)

t's 2012, and Prince is back a new single- Hallelujah! If there was ever a song to make you want to go buy a stripper pole and swing around it to dance for Prince Rogers Nelson this may just be it!

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Aisling Iris: Night Time Moves

The first half gives us endearingly bold material filled with lush arrangements-peppered with retro 80's styled tough beats and funky upbeat jams..

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Betty Davis: ‘The Columbia Years 1968-1969’ Light In The Attic

Way before Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim and Macy Gray came outrageous funk and soul Diva Betty Davis. Model, songwriter, singer and fashion icon.....

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Lianne La Havas : Blood

La Havas returns with this majestic and ethereal sounding second album,highly polished amd produced prepare to be startled!

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