Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1039



Editorial STUFF

We pull all the stops this February to make B&S your first stop for your favourite artists, and of course, your favourite music! Our cover artist this month ANTHONY DAVID comes complete with a presidential seal of approval as Barack & Michelle Obama's favourite artist. AND as we relish this top-notch soul interview, Mr Lewis follows up with a second from DOME label-mate HESTON, who brings us up-to-speed with where he's at musically at the moment and what the future holds. ..."It's the world according to ?UESTLOVE!" CHRISTOPHER DANIEL adds a superb interview, leaving no stone unturned as THE ROOTS linch-pin and icon in the making - QUESTLOVE is in conversation. ...We have two interviews with two of our tips for the top in 2011 - mega talented YASMIN & WRETCH 32 give their first B&S interviews as they hit the dizzy heights of the pop charts. As we welcome our pair of newbees, we also give our seal of approval to another up-and-coming artist with real R&B/soulful potential - KELLY EREZ. ...REEL PEOPLE spread a lil' quality soul with an extra special interview AND, AND, AND SEMPER AZEEZ-HARRIS catches TQ in a talkative mood to discuss the release of his mega-catchy new single. ...Our competitions this month consist of NAS & DAMIAN MARLEY - DISTANT RELATIVES TICKETS, SILK @INDIGO TICKETS, DEFECTED IN THE HOUSE - BRAZIL '11 CD's and TURN THE BEST AROUND DVD's (staring JASON DERULO) - all to be won! Not bad, you say - I agree, I say! lol And topping our tasty musical confectionary we have our tasty column's from our resident musical experts - SHARON DAVIS brings you all the news and views that matter in the wonderful world of Motown, in MOTOWN TRACKING. ...Jazz Guv'nor SNOWBOY casts his expert eye over all things jazz as he brings you a rundown on all the happenings via his column ...Modern soul never sounded so good as ANDY DAVIES takes to B&S' pages with soul views aplenty, including an events round-up + up-to-the minute reviews. ...Living and breathing world music, MICHAEL DE KONINGH's infectious column will satisfy even the most hardy world music appetites with his view on this most spicy of genres. - Completing our stella line-up and read by everybody in the know - BEN LOVETT presents "THE BEST" dance column on the planet! Find a better house n' dance column and we'll give you your money back! Simple!! ...Just time to mention - you can find us on twitter/blues-andsoul and both our facebook pages facebook/bluesand-soul & blues-andsoul IIB&S

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Jazz FM presents... The Soul Immigrants @Jazz Cafe - March 18

Jazz FM presents The Soul Immigrants at the Jazz Cafe - March 18

Jazz FM are proud to present The Soul Immigrants, performing a special show on March 18 at London's Jazz Cafe. Promising to play their own brand of infectious jazz filled funk/soul, you won't want to miss this...

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Anthony David: Setting a precedent

Pete Lewis meets Atlanta, Georgia-based neo-soul singer/songwriter Anthony David, who discusses both his new album ‘As Above So Below’ plus being publicly acclaimed by the Obamas

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Questlove: A Vision Quest

Conscious. Creative. Humble. Iconic. Innovative. Inquisitive. Intelligent. Wise. Witty. A humanist. A born leader. Brothas and sistas, meet The Roots drummer/co-founder Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson...

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The Soul Immigrants

Soul Immigrants: Funky Sensation

Pete Lewis speaks to Emrys Baird - vocalist/guitarist with seasoned, Brixton-based funk outfit The Soul Immigrants - about the sextet’s new, as-yet-unreleased album and upcoming London gig on March 18

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Tony Christie

Tony Christie: Changing Lanes

Pete Lewis speaks to legendary Sheffield crooner Tony Christie, who marks his 50th anniversary in music this year with a new, Sixties-soul-influenced album ‘Now’s The Time!’ plus a 50-date UK tour

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Far East Movement: Everybody Dance

Pete Lewis meets LA-based electro/hip hop quartet Far East Movement, whose new album ‘Free Wired’ - featuring their breakthrough global smash ‘Like A G6’ - is released this month

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Heston: Hot Property

Pete Lewis calls up Atlanta singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Heston. Whose new, second album ‘Warm Human Cold World’ is already gaining acclaim from contemporary soul connoisseurs

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Reel People Reel People Reel People Reel People

Reel People: Really saying somethin'

Fans of Reel People’s danceable grooves, sweet vocals of guest artists and world renowned musicians will not be disappointed by their latest offering. Blues & Soul’s very own sweet boy [Editor: You wish! lol] Ricardito was able to

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Avant: Getting down to the letter

Pete Lewis chats to Ohio-born-and-raised, multi-Platinum-selling US R&B hitmaker Avant. Whose new, sixth album ‘The Letter’ surprisingly marks his first-ever UK release

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Wretch 32

Wretch 32: Ploughing on through

Pete Lewis hooks up with hotly-tipped Tottenham, North London rapper Wretch 32. Whose compulsively-driving new single Traktor’ is currently attaining Top Five UK mainstream success...

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Ghostpoet, bringing a new style to urban UK

Semper Azeez-Harris is right on the money as he talks to one of the best up-and-coming urban artists in the UK - Ghostpoet. After missing out on this interview previously, Semper finally gets his man. Errr-Ghost, Errr-Man!

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Rhian Benson

Rhian Benson: Happy returns

It's been eight years since the name Rhian Benson has been heard in music circles, but thankfully she is back re-energised/re-invigorated and we are absolutely salivating at the prospect of her second album release 'Hands Clean'...

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Kelly Erez

Kelly Erez: Bringing Soulful Rn'B back

Semper Azeez-Harris un-earths another singing diamond as he talks to Rn'B/Soul singer Kelly Erez. ...And with great vocal attached to her brand new EP ''This Is Me', no wonder Semper asks us to join in his appreciation...

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EPMD @HMV Forum Kentish Town 19/02/11 EPMD's Erick Sermon @HMV Forum Kentish Town 19/02/11 DJ Scratch @HMV Forum Kentish Town 19/02/11 EPMD crowd @HMV Forum Kentish Town 19/02/11

EPMD: Forum, London 18/02/11

Now I’ve heard many people say that EPMD haven’t played in the UK since the Brixton gig 10 years ago and this is their first UK appearance since!? Well that’s not strictly true...

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