Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1030

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As we wave bye-bye to Easter In this eggs-quisite edition of B&S... We bring you yet more cracking interviews mixed with some egg-celent reviews both on the CD/live fronts, topped with a decent sprinkle of competitions and give-aways which will fill up the hardiest of musical appetites. Poster boy for this edition is the mega devilishly talented ROBIN THICKE, who give us an EXCLUSIVE interview ahead of his new album. Not to be out done on this side of the pond is everybody's favourite bad-boy and just as tasty addition to our musical platter - PLAN B. So, as we celebrate a PETE LEWIS interview hat-trick - we welcome back the Mr impeccable, TEDDY RILEY, who lets us know what BLACKstreet are up to - no doubt! After the sad loss to the the soul world of former CHI-LIGHT, ROBERT 'SQUIRREL' LEICESTER, we re-print a classic interview with the great man himself. And as we stay in a retro mood, SHARON DAVIS talks to CAL STREET from one of the bands that helped to define the MOTOWN sound - THE VELVELETTE'SB&S

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REGGAE STARS PUT STAMP OF ISLAND MAGIC ON DISNEY CLASSICS WITH THE DISNEY REGGAE CLUB

Reggae stars put stamp of island magic on Disney classics with the Disney reggae club

On 8 June 2010 the magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records plan to release an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians...

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Win Cypress Hill Tickets

Win Cypress Hill Tickets

One of the most successful and influential hip hop/rock groups in history with more than 18 million worldwide sales the UK for dates in London & Glasgow on the June 15th & 16th and you can win tickets right here on B&S...

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Robin Thicke @bluesandsoul.com Robin Thicke @bluesandsoul.com Robin Thicke @bluesandsoul.com Robin Thicke @bluesandsoul.com

Robin Thicke: Interview in session

Pete Lewis takes a âRollacoastaâ ride with soulful, multi-Platinum US R&B star Robin Thicke to discuss his naughtily seductive new US Top Three album âSex Therapy: The Sessionsâ

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Taio Cruz @bluesandsoul.com Taio Cruz @bluesandsoul.com Taio Cruz @bluesandsoul.com Taio Cruz @bluesandsoul.com

Taio Cruz: Comes clean

Pete Lewis talks to UK singer/writer/producer Taio Cruz about his naughty new single âDirty Pictureâ plus his current, record-breaking US Number One success with his global smash âBreak You Heartâ

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Plan B @bluesandsoul.com (Photo: Ben Parks) Plan B @bluesandsoul.com (Photo: Ben Parks) Plan B @bluesandsoul.com (Photo: Ben Parks) Plan B @bluesandsoul.com (Photo: Ben Parks)

PLAN B: From A to B

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

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Cypress Hill @bluesandsoul.com Cypress Hill @bluesandsoul.com Cypress Hill @bluesandsoul.com Cypress Hill @bluesandsoul.com

Cypress Hill: Rise & Shine

Pete Lewis hooks up with Cypress Hill rapper B-Real, as the world-conquering Californian hip hop legends this month release the long-awaited âRise Upâ, their first new album in six years

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Wale @bluesandsoul.com Wale @bluesandsoul.com Wale @bluesandsoul.com Wale @bluesandsoul.com

Wale: Don't Call me Wale!

Pete Lewis meets acclaimed Washington, DC rapper Wale. Who - dubbed by some âhip hopâs next heavyweightâ - this month releases his Mark Ronson-overseen debut album âAttention Deficitâ

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Ledisi: Soulful Siren

Pete Lewis enjoys an afternoon rendezvous in Central London with New Orleans-born, Grammy-nominated contemporary soul songstress Ledisi to discuss her US chart-topping current album âTurn Me Looseâ

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Angela Johnson @bluesandsoul.com Angela Johnson @bluesandsoul.com Angela Johnson @bluesandsoul.com Angela Johnson @bluesandsoul.com

Angela Johnson: Up close and personal

Pete Lewis chats to New York contemporary soul singer/songwriter/producer Angela Johnson about the more uptempo dance-oriented direction of her new, fourth solo album âItâs Personalâ

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Cal Street: The Velvelettes @bluesandsoul.com Cal Street (Velvelettes) & Stevie Wonder @bluesandsoul.com Marv Tarplin, Harry Weigner and Cal Sreet (Velvelettes) @bluesandsoul.com Cal Street (Velvelettes) at Levi Stubbs' tribute @bluesandsoul.com

Cal Street (The Velvelettes): She is really sayin' something (Part 1)

Itâs taken awhile to track this lady down and when I did late last year she graciously contributed to Motown Tracking, before agreeing to have a chinwag about her life and career. The Velvelettes helped shape the sound of Motown...

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The Chi-lights @bluesandsoul.com The Chi-lights @bluesandsoul.com The Chi-lights @bluesandsoul.com The Chi-lights @bluesandsoul.com

The Chi-lites - Robert âSquirrelâ Lester: Classic interview June 1990

Following the recent sad death of Robert âSquirrelâ 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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Ledisi: Bush Hall 09/04/10 copyrigt@bluesandsoul.com Ledisi: Bush Hall 09/04/10 copyrigt@bluesandsoul.com Ledisi: Bush Hall 09/04/10 copyrigt@bluesandsoul.com Ledisi: Bush Hall 09/04/10 copyrigt@bluesandsoul.com

Ledisi: Bush Hall, London: 09/04/10

If I had to describe what Ledisi did at Bush Hall on Friday 9th April 2010 I would simply say; she came, she saw and she conquered. Anything less than this would not capture the experience fans were given that balmy spring evening

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N'Dambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10 copyright@bluesandsoul.com N'Dambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10 copyright@bluesandsoul.com N'Dambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10 copyright@bluesandsoul.com N'Dambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10 copyright@bluesandsoul.com

Nâdambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10

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

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BLACKstreet @Indig02 02/04/10 BLACKstreet @Indig02 02/04/10 copyright@bluesandsoul.com BLACKstreet @Indig02 02/04/10 copyright@bluesandsoul.com BLACKstreet @Indig02 02/04/10 copyright@bluesandsoul.com

Teddy Riley & BLACKstreet: Indig02 02/04/10

As we approach twenty five years of New Jack Swing and fifteen years on from their last London show, it's safe to say that BLACKstreet and their music remain as relevant today as it was back then

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