Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1099

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND MUSIC + ESSENTIAL NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

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B&S 1051: In our print issue, we bring you a deft blend of modern music heroes, yesterday's legends and tomorrow’s icons today. Our cover this issue we welcome back global godfathers of afro-rock, Osibisa, as they celebrate being the first release on the brand new Marquee record label and also marking 50 years since they became the first-ever African band to play the iconic venue of the same name. How do you follow those legends? Well, how about with another one! Tragically, the soul music world recently lost The Supreme’s icon, Mary Wilson. In this issue, we feature an in-depth 2009 interview with the Motown royal, which has previously never been added to our pages, as we pay our respects to the estimated 50 million record selling, music record-breaking founder member of all-female supergroup, The Supremes, along with fellow Motown soul stars, Diana Ross and Cindy Birdsong. Other must-read interviews this issue include top Belfast electronic music production/DJ duo, Bicep. Grammy-nominated US soul/r&b singer, musician, bandleader, television personality and this issue’s One To Watch, Jon Batiste. Singer-songwriter, record producer and pioneer of Italian soul music, Al Castellana. Ever busy American DJ, producer and record executive DJ Spen. Multi-talented US r&b/soul singer, actor, writer, producer and recently Sam Cooke playing showman, Bradd Marquis. Damn-fine Dutch jazz, funk & soul five-piece Tristan, who boast brand new frontwomen, Jaycilee. Last, but by no means least, independent smooth-jazz rooted US Christian singer-songwriter, Heistheartist. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… We welcome back Duncan Payne’s highly engrossing look back at the history of black music through the pages of Blues & Soul magazine in his not to be missed regular feature the B&S Years. In this issue 1981 comes under the spotlight with comment on the music tastes of that year, Best Of charts and the year’s Readers Poll winners. Duncan provides yet more must-read entertainment with part one of his 50th Anniversary celebrating Philadelphia International Records retrospective. Charts include B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's R&B filled Smoove Grooves Chart, THE coolest r&b/soul must-have list on the planet A.K.A. the Hip List and Richard Searling’s Soul Party playlist. B&S columnists: Ralph Tee delivers all the latest release news low-down in the world of soul music, Ben Lovett highlights essential dance tracks and news, Bigger’s finger on the pulse up-front column reveals who's trending in the world of r&b, Richard Searling presents the latest northern soul happenings and news and Frank Elson takes a look back at issue 120 and his October 1973 Checking Out The North column. Lastly, don’t forget to check out our Soulful Social pages, where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and let us know what you think and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Till then, stay safe and get the jab! Lee Tyler (Editor) Insta/Twitter @LeeTyler13 #BlackLivesMatterB&S

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Jazz FM Awards 2021 and the nominees are...

After a 2 year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Jazz FM Awards are back! This year moving from Shoreditch Town Hall to West London venue, Under The Bridge on 28th October 2021...

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Osibisa: The Pioneers Return

Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews Osibisa veteran bass-player/lead vocalist Gregg Kofi Brown around the release of the legendary Afro-Rock outfit’s eagerly-anticipated new album New Dawn...

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Jon Batiste: And All That Jazz

Jon Batiste, an Emmy winning multi-faceted jazz artist, who possesses an innate ability to hip-hop, skip and jump genre at will but still create his own brand of natural jazz with a deeply soul-infused vocal...

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Pausepushers Ft. Bluey: Gimme Some More (Future Spin Records) REVIEW

Pausepushers Ft. Bluey: Gimme Some More (Future Spin Records)

Pausepushers, the house music production moniker of bass player Francis Hylton, reveals his new funky outing featuring fellow Incognito band member, Jean-Paul 'Bluey’ Maunick, titled "Gimme Some More".

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The Pleasure Principle featuring Heidi Vogel: Coral Drive Hustler (Expressive Records) REVIEW

The Pleasure Principle Ft. Heidi Vogel: Coral Drive Hustler (Expressive Records)

Heidi Vogel (The Cinematic Orchestra) lends her fabulous soulful tones on the dazzling single, "Coral Drive Hustler", which hails Ben Smethurst’s new 70’s Disco inspired project, The Pleasure Principle...

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Mark Wilkinson & Kenny Thomas: Sweet Sweet Music (Life Remixed Music) REVIEW

Mark Wilkinson & Kenny Thomas: Sweet Sweet Music (Life Remixed Music)

Soul legend, Kenny Thomas and house producer, Mark Wilkinson (Kidology) have come together on "Sweet Sweet Music". So this song was originally released back in 2016, but gets fabulous fresh update...

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Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21

For anyone in need of an uplifting evening, soul/funk/disco icons Nile Rodgers and Chic are the perfect tonic, and the courtyard of the historic castle at Hampton Court Palace is the perfect venue for it...

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Jorja Smith: All Points East, Victoria Park, London 27/8/21 REVIEW Celeste: All Points East, Victoria Park, London 27/8/21 REVIEW Mahalia: All Points East, Victoria Park, London 27/8/21 REVIEW Shabaka Hutchings (Sons Of Kemet): All Points East, Victoria Park, London 27/8/21 REVIEW

All Points East: Victoria Park, London 27/8/21

This four-day event has established itself as one of the go-to festivals in London. This year featured Jorja Smith, Mahalia, Enny, Celeste, Kojey Radical, Omah Lay, Sons of Kemet and Loyle Carner...

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Davido: Yam Carnival, Clapham Common, London 28/8/21 REVIEW Kehlani: Yam Carnival, Clapham Common, London 28/8/21 REVIEW Koffee: Yam Carnival, Clapham Common, London 28/8/21 REVIEW Beenie: Man: Yam Carnival, Clapham Common, London 28/8/21 REVIEW

Yam Carnival: Clapham Common, London 28//8/21

In an ideal world, 2021 would see Yam Carnival grace London for the second time. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other ideas and the inaugural show last year was among the many casualties last summer...

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Giants of UK Reggae (Aswad + Maxi Priest): Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire 30/7/21

After more than a year of being forced to stay at home, the crowd were more than ready to party, and British reggae icons were happy to oblige as both acts rolled back the years in style...

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My fourth visit of the summer to Crystal Palace Bowl was for the Worldwide FM day, bring together a range of top-quality talent including The Cinematic Orchestra, The Comet Is Coming, KOKOROKO +more!

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South Facing Fest: Dizzee Rascal, Ghetts, Alicai Harley, Flohio... @Crystal Palace, London 14/8/21

Following the two excellent Cross The Tracks shows the previous weekend, this week the South Facing Festival was headlined by grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal performing with The Outlook Orchestra...

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South Facing - Poppy Ajudha, Nubiyan Twist, Ghetts, Kojey Radical....: Crystal Palace, London 6/8/21

This year's shows are being held using a floating stage on the lake at the heart of the Bowl, an impressive feat in its own right. After such a long and bleak time unable to go to festivals, it was beautiful to see...

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Brooklyn Funk Essentials: Jazz Cafe, London 10/10/21

Across a career that stretches 25 years, Brooklyn Funk Essentials have established themselves as a unique project fusing soul, hip-hop, ragga, spoken word, jazz and of course, da funk!

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