Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1099

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

Editorial STUFF

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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The Inaugural Wellness Music Festival St Lucia 21-27/9/20

Expect the very best in wellness treatments and some fine live music featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater who needs no introduction from us! She is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award-winning stage actress...

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Chronixx and Protoje @Alexandra Palace

Jamaica has a long and proud record of producing innovative artists, and that is epitomised by the excellent Chronixx and Protoje, who both boast an impressive catalogue of music...

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UB40 announce 40th Anniversary show

UB40 will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 25th and celebrate not only 40 years since they became one of the UK's best loved bands, but also the release of their brand new studio album...

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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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Koffee: Cream of the crop

Pete Lewis interviews 18-year-old female Jamaican singjay Koffee around the release of her current, Walshy Fire-produced single “Throne” and soon-come debut EP “Rapture”...

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Chaka Demus & Pliers: Still Floating Like A Butterfly

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-successful Jamaican reggae/dancehall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, who this month undertake their first UK tour in over ten years...

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Lee Scratch Perry: From Dub Star To Film Star

The new film about reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry is now released on DVD after a UK cinemas tour, and winning prestigious awards at various overseas film festivals.

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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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The Wailers & Guests: One World One Prayer (Sony Music Latin)

The Wailers are back with a bang with their 1st single in over 25 years! Celebrating unity around the world in the shape of their vibey new release "One World, One Prayer" ft. Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley...

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Chainska Brassika : Simple Things Ft Frank Harper

These sons of the two tone revolution have hooked up with actor Frank Harper ,best known for his "hard man" roles, such as "Billy Bright" in The Football Factory and "Dog" in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Da Lata: Dakar

Da Lata are back after a three year hiatus with a new seductive single entitled "Dakar". A homage, no doubt, to the senegalese capital...

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UB40: Bigga Baggariddimn (SoNo Recording Group) REVIEW @bluesandsoul.com

UB40: Bigga Baggariddimn (SoNo Recording Group)

UB40 the irrefutable and undisputed kings of reggae are back and back with a bang. It's been over a whopping 35-years since the original "Baggariddim" album was released, so here it is the follow-up...

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The Bongolian: Harlem Hipshake (Blow Up Records) REVIEW @bluesandsoul.com

The Bongolian: Harlem Hipshake (Blow Up Records)

Bongolian delivers an irresistible blending of Latin and soul music, which will significantly help to bring about the rise of the Afro-Latin funk revolution and we know who will be leading it! A knock out delight!

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Brain Damage Meets Big Youth: Beyond The Blue (Side 7 - Jarring Effects)

Brain Damage Meets Big Youth: Beyond The Blue (Code 7 - Jarring Effects)

Jamaican vocalist Big Youth returns to the fray in an extremely ebullient mood in conjunction with French producer Brain Damage and Samual Clayton, who sadly passed while making this album...

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