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LEDISI RETURNS ….

Tuesday, 05 April 2011 19:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Ledisi_Pieces_of_MeGrammy-nominated LEDISI is set to release her new album, 'Pieces Of Me', in June. The LP is the eagerly-awaited follow up to 2009's acclaimed 'Turn Me Loose'. In the meantime, the album's title cut has just been released as a single. The song 'Pieces Of Me' was written by LEDISI, CLAUDE KELLY and CHUCK HARMONY and it can be previewed by visiting  www.facebook.com/ledisi . It's also available on i-tunes.

On her new record, LEDISI commented, "Before I started working on this album, I had to figure out what I wanted to offer, not only musically, but also spiritually and mentally. That meant I had to finally embrace the totality of me. Now, I know that I am a great woman and I have much to offer to this world." Read more by visiting http://LEDISI.COM/

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2011 19:50

 

ALL AROUND THE WORLD ... WITH STRUT

Monday, 04 April 2011 07:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

faniaSoul fans who dig afro beats will be delighted at a pair of new releases on Strut Records. First up is a double CD on Ghanaian guitar legend EBO TAYLOR. 'Life Stories' is a collection of his seminal 1970s recordings and selects 16 tracks from his solo albums. Highlights include 'Heaven' (sampled by USHER on 'She Don't Know') and the epic 15 minute workout that is 'Aba Yaa'.

The second STRUT release is 'Nigeria 70' – a collection of Nigerian recorded soul, funk, jazz , juju and high life from the 70s. All the selections are previously unissued outside of Nigeria and with artists like SINA BAKARE, TUNDE MABADU and the wonderfully-named CHIEF COMMANDER EBENEZER OBEY AND HIS INTERNATIONAL BROTHERS there's soul –a-plenty in the grooves.

Bags of soul too on Strut's third April release. 'The Original Sound Of Latin New York' is a double CD, 29 track tribute to the legendary Fania label. Covering the seminal years, 1964 – 1980, the music includes material from people like JOHNNY PACHECO, JOE BATTAAN, RAY BARRETTO, WILLIE COLON and the magnificent FANIA ALL STARS with CELIA CRUZ.

 

BLUES WITH A TWIST....

Friday, 01 April 2011 16:25 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

blueand_dorp21st century blues fans constantly bemoan the lack of new releases in their beloved genre. European label, Black and Tan is one of the few labels which feed that particular hunger. However, what blues purists will make of the label's new release is a matter of conjecture. 'Blues and Beat' from a collective dubbed MIX AND DORB is a totally new concept. MIX AND DORB, you see, have taken a dozen blues gems from Black and Tan's back catalogue and remixed and re-tweaked them.

Amongst the chosen tunes are 'Who Stole The Booty' from BOO BOO DAVIES, 'What You Got' by BIG GEORGE JACKSON and BILLY JONES' 'Ain't Good Lookin''. The team have added new beats and other enhancements, declaring, "Forget the past. It's dead, and so is the way you used to think about the blues. We blast new life into the style by blending modern beats and blasts from the future into existing tracks for a fresh sound that makes the rhythmic heart of the blues beat stronger than ever".

Make up your own mind @ www.mixendorp.com

 

B.B. KING LIVE IN THE UK

Friday, 01 April 2011 16:22 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

bbkingAP_428x269_to_468x312Musical superlatives are redundant when it comes to describing B.B. KING. He is quite simply a legend – one of the few who truly merits that accolade. The good news is that he's just announced a trio of live concerts in the UK – in Manchester, Edinburgh and London.

The Manchester show is scheduled for the city's O2 Apollo venue on Saturday June 25th. The following day (26th) he travels to the Edinburgh Playhouse then on Tuesday he headlines London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the inaugural London Blues Fest. On all dates KING will be supported by AVERY SUNSHINE 

Other artists appearing at the London Blues Fest include DR JOHN, BOOKER T, ROY HARGROVE, LIZA MINNELLI, AL DI MEOLA, KIRK WHALUM, GEORGIE FAME, INCOGNITO and RAMSEY LEWIS who will be recreating his 'Sun Goddess' album live. 

Check local media and the usual ticket agencies for full details.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 April 2011 16:34

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ... ES VIVE....

Sunday, 27 March 2011 19:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

EsViveNightIbiza's Hotel ES VIVE is one of the world's truly iconic hotels and its reputation amongst visitors to the "White Island" is second to none. The hotel first opened in 2001 and with an enviable position – near to beaches and the attractions of Ibiza town - it was soon winning over discerning tourists. Those guests also soon learned why the hotel had won its reputation as the island's premier music hotel. The music that was played in the hotel's Experience bar helped define the soulful house and chill out sounds that became synonymous with Ibiza. Indeed the regular ES VIVE themed compilation albums became sought after worldwide.

This Summer the hotel is celebrating its tenth anniversary and visitors will notice major changes to the hotel's layout , decor and surroundings Most exciting of all, this year sees the introduction of 'Radio Es Vive' which will be transmitted through the hotel and online 24 hours a day around the globe. There will be live broadcasts hosted poolside with top DJ's, unforgettable parties and special one – off events throughout the summer to mark a proud 10th season in Ibiza.

Watch out for Es Vive's special 10th Anniversary CD mixed by Fierce Angel's head honcho MARK DOYLE - the CD will be available to buy at the hotel or via http://www.hotelesvive.com/  where, of course you can also get the fullest information on the Ibizan legend.

 

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