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Forever Hip – Tower Of Power’s Emilio Castillo Talks Teamwork, Family Values And The Power Of Prayer Ahead Of The Band’s Imminent UK Tour

     Emilio Castillo, co-founder of the long-running funk institution, Tower Of Power, clearly recalls the band’s maiden trip to the United Kingdom. “In 1974 we went over there with the Warner Brothers music show,”...
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CHELSEA GIRL…

Australian singer CHELSEA WILSON won plenty of plaudits with her 2015 long player, ‘I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me’. Despite the odd title, the set was voted “Best Soul/Funk Album Of The...
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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE… the Isaac Aragon interview.

‘Love Bless America’ is the latest single from US blue eyed soulster ISAAC ARAGON. if you read the savvy soul media you’ll know all about it; if you listen to the better soul stations,...

ALL ABOARD THE BATTLESPARK GALACTICA – Bobby Sparks II Talks Schizophrenia, Chilli Sauce And Prince

      “My father made the best chilli in the world,” says Bobby Sparks II in a deep, sleepy voice that possesses a languid, molasses-rich, Southern drawl. “He used to win chilli cook-off contests all...
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CHEAP DREAMS … The Eli Reed Interview

ELI “PAPERBOY” REED was one of the first of the new generation of “for real” soul singers and he’s all set to launch his next t album ’99 Cent Dreams’. We last spoke back...

STILL SWINGING – Sergio Mendes Talks Cheltenham, Sinatra … and Pele.

  We live in an age where the words ‘legendary’ and ‘iconic’ are overused and bandied about my mainstream media commentators with indiscriminate abandon to describe anyone who’s been in the public eye for...
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NO KIDDING! August Darnell Talks Alter Egos, Cab Calloway, And Hails Kid Creole & The Coconuts’ New Album, Live In Paris 1985.

          “Our music was very difficult to categorise,” explains softly-spoken August Darnell, the Bronx-raised creator of the 1940s-era retro hustler, Kid Creole, who together with his band, The Coconuts, brightened up our lives...
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SPREADING HIS WINGS: Grammy Winning Birdman Soundtrack Composer Antonio Sanchez Talks Drums, Bad Hombres, And Pat Metheny Ahead Of His May Barbican Concert

   There’s never been a movie soundtrack quite like the one that Antonio Sanchez created for the 2014 Hollywood movie, Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), helmed by the much-lauded Mexican director, Alejandro...
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STILL SMOKIN’ – TAMIA TALKS AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S CONCERT AT LONDON’S KOKO

                   “I can still feel the jetlag from the first time that I came to London,” laughs a radiant TAMIA, who is casting her mind back...