Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1023



Editorial STUFF

As we get set to pack it in till it bursts this month, we bring you Dancehall superstar SEAN PAUL. An outstanding SHARON DAVIS interview with ex-SUPREME SHERRIE PAYNE + An absolute classic interview with none other than JAY-Z. Is that it you ask? As Mr.T would say "Of course not fool!" Our one to watch is KRISTINIA DeBARGE (you may recognise the surname). We also talk to BLESS BEATS - he of one of last years top tunes 'WEARING MY ROLEX' fame as he branches out on his own. We go Dutch on a HARDSOUL interview and stay on the house tip with lucky to be alive (I kid you not - worth a read) KENNY DOPE... If that wasn't enough, we welcome another newbe to our esteemed pages in the guise of MERVIN MARTIN (Welcome Mervin), who checks Belgium's SOUL I.D (it's ok MERVIN I'm sure their old enough!?) We have competitions to win MICHAEL JACKSON MOTOWN 50 ALBUMS and DEFECTED AMSTERDAM 09 CD's. We go live with MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS, TERRY CALLIER, JOHN MAYALL & give you the lowdown on BASEMENT JAXX @WIRELESS. Please, please, please don't forget our columnists who bring you all the news and views of their respected genres and please feel free to contact them with news that you feel will benefit others. For you guys n' gals that haven't witnessed these delights before, they are; The Guv'nor SNOWBOY looks at all things jazz, SHARON DAVIS gives you all the latest MOTOWN news in MOTOWN TRACKING. And last but by no means least BEN LOVETT who continues to keep you updated with all things dance, in his GROOVE YARD column. Enyjoy!!! And don't forget to tell em' I sent ya!B&S

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Lil' Wayne

Win Lil' Wayne Tickets

Lil' Wayne comes to town to play 3 dates this October on the 7, 8 and 10th after postponing his July concerts... We have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader for the Saturday 10th show- just answer a simple question.

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Win tickets to the 'Brrrap Pack Tour' Feat: Chipmunk, Ironik + guests.

Win tickets - Bizarre Presents The Brrrap Pack Tour’ Feat: Chipmunk, Ironik +++ More

The Sun newspaper column 'Bizarre' in conjunction with live event promoters 'Live Nation' are bringing the 'Brrrap Pack Tour' Featuring Ironik, Chipmunk + a whole host of other acts to a venue near you - Win tickets here...

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Sean Paul Sean Paul Sean Paul Sean Paul

Sean Paul: Dancepaul star

Jamaican dancehall superstar Sean Paul speaks to Pete Lewis about his new, fourth album ‘Imperial Blaze’ amidst the trendy, nouveau-chic surrounds of Central London’s Sanderson Hotel

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Jay-Z Jay-Z Jay-z Jay-Z

JAY-Z: A B&S classic interview December 1998

With Jay-Z’s highly-anticipated new album ‘The Blueprint 3’ due this September alongside high-profile UK tour dates, Pete Lewis recalls speaking to the New York rap icon back in December 1998.

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Sean Kingston Sean Kingston Sean Kingston Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston: Fired up!

Miami-born pop/reggae chart-topper Sean Kingston keeps his ‘Fire Burning’ while telling Pete Lewis all about ‘Tomorrow’ - which just happens to be the title of his new, second album

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Al Green Al Green Al Green Al Green: Green is Blues 40th Anniversary Edition

Al Green: Green, Blues & Soul

To coincide with a special ‘40th Anniversary Edition’ digital re-release of his first album for Memphis’ Hi Records - ‘Green Is Blues’ - the legendary Al Green discusses his trailblazing career with Pete Lewis

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Scherrie Payne Scherrie Payne Tour de 4Force: Joyce & Pam Vincent, Jim Gilstrap, Scherrie Payne & Theresa Davis Diana Ross, Scherrie Payne & Lynda Lawerence: 'Return to Love Tour' in 2000

Scherrie Payne: Supreme reflections

I’m sure there’s not many of you reading this who hasn’t heard of this lady, either as a member of the group Glass House, of Motown’s Supremes, the former ladies of The Supremes or more recently Tour de 4Force.

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Eric Roberson Eric Roberson Eric Roberson Eric Roberson

Eric Roberson: Independently Yours

America’s most successful indie soul-man Eric Roberson meets our fellow music-lover Pete Lewis in London to discuss his new, appropriately-titled sixth solo album ‘Music Fan First’... We couldn't agree more...

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Jazmine Sullivan: Clear for take off

Pete Lewis speaks to US R&B chart-topper Jazmine Sullivan, as the UK launch of her Grammy-nominated debut LP ‘Fearless’ coincides with some highly-anticipated live dates

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Imelda May Imelda May Imelda May Imelda May

Imelda May: Finally Mayde it!

As Imelda May prepares for a date at the Indigo2 supporting Jeff Beck, Blues and Soul's Ali Raymond took her away from the music, if only for a minute, to discuss the making of Mrs. May.

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Gianna Gianna Gianna Gianna

GIANNA: Diva Diverse

With her acclaimed debut album ‘Something True’ currently pleasing Britain’s well-versed contemporary soul lovers, Texan songbird Gianna now extends her warm Southern hospitality to a very receptive Pete Lewis

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Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan: Jazz Cafe 08/09/09

From child prodigy to one of the hottest talents on the planet - Jazmine Sullivan was in town to play three live dates at London's Jazz Cafe and you could say the anticipation was just a little high!?

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Snowboy @The Boatyard (Leigh on Sea) Snowboy @The Boatyard (Leigh on Sea) Snowboy @The Boatyard (Leigh on Sea) Snowboy at the Boatyard - Leigh on Sea 30/08/09

Snowboy and the Latin Section: The Boatyard - Leigh on Sea (Essex) 30/08/09

Latin American congo playing icon Snowboy is known for attracting the creme de la creme of artists to accompany him both in the studio and during his live sets. The Boatyard restaurant not your everyday Latin host, but tonight it was just perfect!

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Big Chill Sunshine Big Chill Art Craig Charles Mustatke at the Big Chill

Review of The Big Chill Festival 2009

Now in i't's 15th year the Big Chill has established itself as one of the best there is and this year was no exception. Around 30,000 people were treated to amazing sunshine and a diverse line up.

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