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João Gilberto: The Shy, Quiet Genius Behind Bossa Nova

The late singer, guitarist and songwriter helped to ignite bossa nova’s quiet revolution in the 1960s. João Gilberto was catapulted to international fame in the early 1960s as one of the principal architects of...

Protest Songs – Keb’ Mo’ On Immigration, Donald Trump, and Glastonbury

Though he comes across as a softly-spoken man who laughs a lot, is self-effacing,  and knows the value of humility,  there’s a core of inner steel that gives folk-blues troubadour Keb’ Mo’ a toughness...

Shining Star: Philip Bailey On His New Solo Album, Earth, Wind & Fire, And Playing Golf.

Sonically unique, Philip Bailey‘s celestial falsetto voice, with its unmistakable haunting quality has been a key component of Earth, Wind & Fire’s sound for  47 years now. For a long time, it was the...

Blow By Blow – Maceo Parker on James Brown, George Clinton, And Love

“It’s kind of like spin the bottle,” laughs veteran funk saxophonist Maceo Parker, “and wherever it lands, it lands.” He’s attempting to describe how he decides what to serve up in terms of music...

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,” reveals...
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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 the...
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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...