Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1029



Editorial STUFF

Welcome to B&S online, as we try to put a spring in your step this March by way of some fresh first class interviews - We kick off with MOTOWN influenced CRAIG DAVID, who tips his metaphorical hat in the direction of the iconic label. B&S' PETE LEWIS goes on to score a magnificent double, whilst keeping in the MOTOWN mood, with a tremendous OTIS WILLIAMS (the only surviving original member of THE TEMPTATIONS) interview ahead of their U.K. MOTOWN LEGENDS TOUR. In a chart topping double, we talk to U.S chart stormer JAY SEAN, and not to be out done, current chart topper on this side of the Atlantic TINIE TEMPAH (when we tipped these two - we tipped big!) It's time to grow as LEMAR reflects on his 'THE HITS' album and CHIDDY BANG on our door, to give us the low-down on the megga catchy 'OPPOSITE OF KIDS' (don't say we didn't warn you - you'll be humming it till bed time). In reflection this month, we remember 'jazz great' SIR JOHN DANKWORTH, whose tireless work both musically and for charity demands our recognition - thank you Johnny! It's also a win, win situation as we give you a chance to bag yourself tickets to MICA PARIS @PIGALLE, CANDI STATON @MATTER and STAX newbie N'DAMBI @JAZZ CAFE. We have CD's for your enjoyment also, as we give you the chance to win 'DEFECTED IN THE HOUSE MIAMI 10', SIMPLY RED's 'LOVE SONGS', LEMAR's 'THE HITS' and we are back on the DEFECTED tip with 'MEZZANINE DE L'ALCAZAR VOL 9'. March sees a new columnist added to our mighty pages with PHIL DRIVER joining our team - PHIL will be bringing your attention to tomorrows artists today by way of his UNSIGNED SOUL COLUMN. Please get in touch if you are both exceptionally talented and unsigned (both must go hand in hand) - you could be featured! Whilst on the column subject... No1 MOTOWN authority SHARON DAVIS' email address has changed to if you wish to contact her with regard to her essential (read by half of MOTOWN - I kid you not) MOTOWN TRACKING COLUMN. Jazz fans are throughly satisfied as the guv'nor SNOWBOY casts his critical eye on all things jazz and last but by no means least BEN LOVETT OTOWN authority SHARON DAVIS' email address has changed to goes in search of that essential tune/club in his monthly HOUSE & DANCE column THE GROOVEYARD - If you're into dance music then this column is an absolute must!... Just time to re-remind you to follow the music news as it happens at twitter/bluesandsoul - please tweet us and tell us what you're up to, we're nosey like that! ....STOP PRESS... STOP PRESS... HUGE NEWS ON VINTAGE AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL COMING SOON... AND I MEAN HUGE!!.... STOP PRESS...B&S

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Win Southport Weekender 46 tickets

Win Southport weekender tickets

Now in it's 23rd year and sold out in just 2 weeks of going on general sale! 5,000 devoted party goers are now looking forward to one of THE soul weekender's of the year - Southport Weekender 46 Festival... and it's almost here!

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Candi Staton @Matter April 10th

Win tickets to see Candi Staton at Matter

With Florence & The Machine’s cover of ‘You Got The Love’ still ringing in the charts, legendary Soul diva Candi Staton plays Matter at London's O2 on April 10th - And you could win tickets right here...

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Kid Creole and The Coconuts at the Barbican on April 22nd 2010

Win Tickets to see Kid Creole & The Coconuts at the Barbican

The Original '80s Tropical Gangster August Darnell aka Kid Creole hits town with his Coconuts in tow (sounds painful) on the 22nd of April as part of the La Linea latin festival, and you lucky lot, can win tickets right here...

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PLAN B: From A to B

Pete Lewis meets British singer/rapper/actor Plan B, whose new album ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ blends the classic sound of Motown, Stax and Northern soul with modern-day East London grit

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Craig David: Special Delivery

Pete Lewis chats to multi-million-selling UK R&B superstar Craig David about his new, Motown-era-reviving LP ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ and surviving 10 years in the game

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Teddy Riley & BLACKstreet: No Doubt

Pete Lewis hooks up with legendary Harlem-born producer/singer/writer/multi-instrumentalist Teddy Riley. Who this month returns to London to perform with his once-chart-topping R&B harmony quartet BLACKstreet

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Jay Sean: On top of the world

Pete Lewis enjoys lunchtime drinks at London’s Trafalgar Hotel with US-chart-topping Hounslow boy Jay Sean, whose melodic brand of pop/R&B is currently scoring big-time worldwide

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Lemar Lemar Lemar Lemar

Lemar: Cometh the hour...

Pete Lewis discusses with Brit-Soul king Lemar Obika the multi-award-winning, multi-Platinum-selling career that’s led to the Tottenham-raised singer/songwriter’s new compilation album ‘The Hits’

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McClean: What's going on?

Pete Lewis meets new British soul breakthrough McClean. Who - after years of being an underground internet sensation - has finally hit the UK mainstream with his haunting Top 10 single ‘My Name’

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THE TEMPTATIONS (Otis Williams): The last Temptation of soul

Pete Lewis catches up with Otis Williams - the only surviving original member of soul’s most successful male vocal group, The Temptations - as the quintet prepare for their upcoming March UK tour

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The Chi-lites - Robert ‘Squirrel’ Lester: Classic interview June 1990

Following the recent sad death of Robert ‘Squirrel’ Lester - second tenor in legendary Chicago vocal group The Chi-Lites - Pete Lewis recalls interviewing the Seventies-chart-topping trio in June 1990

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Gloria Jones: Keeping up with the Jones

Motown artist/hit writer Gloria Jones had the world at her feet - By '73 she had met and fallen in love with music icon Marc Bolan... The rest as they say, is well documented history... In a new Sharon Davis interview, we keep up with the Jones...

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Brotherly Brotherly Brotherly Brotherly

Brotherly: Sweet harmony

Pete Lewis enjoys morning coffee in the West End with London-based male/female duo Brotherly, who discuss the soulfully eclectic flavours of their second album ‘Find First Light’

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N’dambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10

For one night only London Jazz Café was graced with the presence of Texas’ southern belle N’dambi. Beauty, poise, a powerful voice, insightful lyrics, and enough energy to power a stadium...

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