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YOLANDA BROWN ON TOUR

Saturday, 06 February 2016 12:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Yolanda-BrownKicking off on February 12th, UK sax star, YOLANDA BROWN will be taking to the road for a very special "Reggae Love Songs" Tour.

Yolanda is a double MOBO winner and we're told that the show will see the sax maestro "Marrying soul and jazz prowess with the reggae sounds of her roots".

Across the tour Yolanda will be joined by a variety of guests including (on some dates) Mica Paris, Omar, Lemar, Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes, entrepreneur & musician Levi Roots and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child.

Learn more about Yolanda Brown by accessing our search engine (top right) to access an interview and find out more about the tour @ www.yolandabrown.co.uk

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 February 2016 13:03

 

ALL AT SEA!

Saturday, 06 February 2016 12:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1_northThis summer Rotterdam will once again host the largest indoor music festival in the world on the 8th, 9th and 10th July....The North Sea Jazz Festival!

Organizers have just has announced the first set of confirmed artists for 2016. The three day event will see performances from artists like Simply Red, Level 42, The Roots, Gregory Porter, Jill Scott, Buddy Guy and Diana Krall.

Other named performers include Snarky Puppy, fusion pioneers Steps Ahead featuring Mike Mainieri, Eliane Elias, Donny McCaslin, Marc Johnson, and Billy Kilson, blues guitarist Walter Trout, saxophonist Donny McCaslin, award-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez and Migration and a special celebratory performance from Chick Corea (acoustic and electric).

 

ARISE SIR VAN...

Saturday, 06 February 2016 12:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1vanCeltic soul troubadour, VAN MORRISON received his long-awaited knighthood on Thursday 4th February. The award – conferred on the day by Prince Charles - was for services to the music industry and tourism in Northern Ireland.

After the ceremony "Sir Ivan Morrison" told press he was "amazed and exhilarated". He added, "For 53 years I've been in the business - that's not bad for a blue-eyed soul singer from east Belfast". He also commented that he found Buckingham Palace full of "old world charm". And he revealed that during the ceremony what Charles asked about: "He was just saying, was I still writing? And he said: 'You're not going to retire any time soon?' And I said: 'No, I'm not; I'm going to keep it going while I can."

Interestingly the new knight revealed that the album he preferred most from his own extensive back catalogue was 1980's 'Common One' : "It's a mixture of different components - a bit of funk, blues, gospel - it's quite a fusion, and plus I seemed to tap into something, and that particular band seemed to have a rapport."

 

MAURICE WHITE of Earth, Wind & Fire R.I.P.

Friday, 05 February 2016 07:51 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

 

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On Thursday February 4th 2016, Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White announced via his Facebook page that his brother, MAURICE WHITE (pictured left), the co-founder of the long-running soul and funk band had died aged 74. Memphis-born Maurice had been battling with Parkinson's disease since 1992 and hadn't toured with the group since 1995. 

Verdine wrote on his FB post:

My Dearest Facebook Family, Friends and Fans.

My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep.

While the world has lost another great musician, visionary and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult life changing transition in our lives.

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.

Much Love to everyone!!
Verdine White

 

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 08:00

 

BRINGING IT HOME.....

Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Marc_Staggers_Bring_It_Home_To_Me_FBWashington DC's MARC STAGGERS has long been a UK soul favourite. His 'Then And Now' and 'Dream Catcher' albums was well-received and occasional tracks on quality modern soul compilations have proven that there's much more to young Marc than that uncanny Luther Vandross-style voice.

Like lots of great soul stars Marc had his first musical experiences in the church but since then he's enjoyed secular success and now he's all set to consolidate that success with a wonderful new, easy on the ear, smooth soul single that's out at the end of February on the UK based DSG label.

The song's called 'Bring It Home To Me' and it was originally written by top mixer and Philly connoisseur Nigel Lowis in the style of soul man Bobby Latimore. Lowis offered the song to Staggers who tweaked it here and there and the end result is as fine a piece of sweet, smooth and sophisticated soul as you're going to hear all year!

Staggers' voice is a thing of beauty and the easy-paced song fits his style perfectly while Lowis sprinkles some Philly style magic all over the place. The whole thing reminds me of those classy Lou Rawls Philly sides, especially the strings and the melodic hooks.

Marc Staggers - Bring It Home To Me - Nigel Lowis Mix –(DSG) released on DSG on Friday 26th February 2016.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:46

 

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