Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1040

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THE OFFICIAL 1ST STOP FOR MUSIC WRITING, COMMENT, INTEGRITY, OPINION AND LISTINGS

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March is here! And you'll be mad to miss out on our majestic musical medley this month as we are packed (as per) to the rafters with quality interviews... So If you will allow me to introduce... Return of the cool, as LUPE FIASCO touches down at B&S HQ for a bit of Q&A with PETE LEWIS. And as Mr LEWIS gets into his usual formidable interviewing groove he follows that tantalising nugget with more pure gold; TONY CHRISTIE goes all soul on us!? J.Cole talks style and swagger as he impresses Jay-Z, FAR EAST MOVEMENT put a groove into proceedings AND the SOUL IMMIGRANTS hit London's JAZZ CAFE on March 18 whilst giving us an EXCLUSIVE interview/listen to their new long player. Our one to make it happen this month and waxing lyrical is the mega talented GHOSTPOET in conversation EXCLUSIVELY with SEMPER AZEEZ-HARRIS. It's hip-hop hooray! As we welcome the BEAT GENIUS back to our pages - Beat lays it down in his own inimitable style delivering PHAROAHE MONCH + RAEKWON interviews whilst reviewing both albums and a whole lot more! Also look out for Beat's live review of rap royalty EPMD, as they bring the house down at the Forum. It's business as usual for our resident musical experts as our columnist lend their own slant to their chosen genres. World renowned MOTOWN expert Sharon Davis gives you the latest MOTOWN happenings, included this month EXCLUSIVE SUPREME'S NEWS... The guv'nor Snowboy casts his eye over all things jazz... And be one step ahead with club news/essential dance tunes all care of Ben Lovett in his must-read GROOVEYARD. ...Just time to mention that you can follow the news behind the music and as it happens @TWITTER/BLUESANDSOUL + please feel free to follow us on FACEBOOK @BLUES AND SOUL II & like us @BLUES & SOUL. Till next time!;)B&S

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Four Kornerz @bluesandsoul.com

Four Kornerz comeback concert April 27

Hot off the press... The Four Kornerz comeback concert is on Wednesday April 27 @229 Great Portland Street. Not a huge venue if memory serves so get your tickets now, or yesterday even!

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Win tickets to Soul Odyssey @Forum - Saturday April 23

Win tickets to Soul Odyssey @Forum on Saturday April 23

Sister Sledge, Gwen Dickey and Jaki Graham are all set to make a live appearence as part of Soul Odyssey @Forum on Saturday April 23 - and you can win tickets right here...

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Lupe Fiasco @bluesandsoul.com Lupe Fiasco @bluesandsoul.com Lupe Fiasco @bluesandsoul.com Lupe Fiasco @bluesandsoul.com

Lupe Fiasco: Take a bow

Pete Lewis reacquaints himself with critically-acclaimed Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, who finally this month - after numerous set-backs and delays - releases his heavily- anticipated third album âLASERSâ

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J.Cole @bluesandsoul.com J.Cole @bluesandsoul.com J.Cole @bluesandsoul.com J.Cole @bluesandsoul.com

J. Cole: Ready to Roc the Nation

Pete Lewis meets North Carolina-raised MC J.Cole. Who, having become the first artist signed to Jay-Zâs Roc Nation label, is already being hailed as the flag-bearer for a new movement in rap...

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Jonathan Jeremiah @bluesandsoul.com

Jonathan Jeremiah: All going to plan

Pete Lewis meets 28-year-old London singer/songwriter Jonathan Jeremiah. Whose rich soul/folk musicality is currently being showcased via his self-written/self-produced debut album âA Solitary Manâ

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The Soul Immigrants @bluesandsoul.com

Soul Immigrants: Funky Sensation

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

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Mike Posner @bluesandsoul.com Mike Posner @bluesandsoul.com Mike Posner @bluesandsoul.com Mike Posner @bluesandsoul.com

Mike Posner: Looking to add to that Detroit musical heritage

Semper Azeez-Harris and Mike Posner have a 'cooler than me' competition... Who will win? Will it be Semper's uber cool questions or will it be Mike's sub-zero answers? You decide...

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Soundgirl @bluesandsoul.com

Soundgirl: Everybody make some noise

Fresh outta the box comes hot new girl group Soundgirl - It's lucky Semper Azeez-Harris taking up the reigns to steer this first interview from this promising band to the B&S masses. So we introduce to you, Little Nikki from Soundgirl...

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Pharoahe Monch @bluesandsoul.com Pharoahe Monch @bluesandsoul.com Pharoahe Monch @bluesandsoul.com Pharoahe Monch @bluesandsoul.com

Pharoahe Monch: Rap it up and start again

âPharoahe Monch is a mixture of Marcus Garvey, Miles Davis and Bob Marley!â well thatâs how he describes himself in his latest offering from W.A.R. Initially this was just gonna be a straight up review of the new album but...

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Ghostpoet @bluesandsoul.com Ghostpoet @bluesandsoul.com Ghostpoet @bluesandsoul.com Ghostpoet @bluesandsoul.com

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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Fefe Dobson @bluesandsoul.com Fefe Dobson @bluesandsoul.com Fefe Dobson @bluesandsoul.com Fefe Dobson @bluesandsoul.com

Fefe Dobson: Making moves

Singer/song writer Fefe Dobson is a star in her native Canada - now polishing releases from her second album 'Joy', B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris gets a chance to share a few words with this bright young star...

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Elisha La'Verne @bluesandsoul.com

Elisha La'Verne letting the UK know she is back

Huge in Japan and one of the UK's brightest and best soul singers, Elisha La'Verne is in conversation with B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris. With self funded album '361 Degrees' top of the agenda there's plenty to talk about

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Asa @bluesandsoul.com Asa @bluesandsoul.com Asa @bluesandsoul.com Asa @bluesandsoul.com

Asa: Quietly confident

Pete Lewis meets Lagos-raised, Paris-based singer/songwriter Asa. Who once more fuses her Nigerian roots with contemporary soulful pop on her new, eagerly-anticipated second album âBeautiful Imperfectionâ

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The Drifters @bluesandsoul.com The Drifters @bluesandsoul.com The Drifters @bluesandsoul.com The Drifters @bluesandsoul.com

The Drifters: Adrift on memories

Pete Lewis speaks to Michael Williams of veteran, multi-million-selling soul/pop vocal quartet The Drifters about the groupâs new compilation album âUp On The Roofâ plus their current, extensive UK tour

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