Monday, 29 July 2019 16:18

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Live Review

Before we begin, some complaints.

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A legendary performance by a legendary band on a legendary show!

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:34

A Short History of The Meters

The Meters were put together in 1965, when keyboard player Arthur 'Art' Neville (1937-2019) recruited George Porter, Jr. (bass guitar), Joseph (Zigaboo) Modeliste (drums) and Leo Nocentelli (guitar, vocals) . Art was born in New Orleans in 1937 and grew up in a musical family.

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Paul ‘Koss’ Kossoff was born in London in 1950 and the son of famous British character, actor, David Kossoff (Kid for Two Farthings). He learned to play classical music but was always interested in blues and soon mastered the guitar.

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There is one thing that shines through when you meet Stone Foundation’s lead singer and that is his undying love for the music that this band from the Midlands are producing at this point in their career.

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The origins of hip-hop share provenance with clog dancing as a street dance art form. Clogging was brought to the US in the mid-nineteenth century and local performers refined the steps into tap. Tap dancing was originally performed as an accompaniment to song and the percussive and rhythmic patterns produced by the snags heightened effectiveness. The movement grew larger as rhythms grew more intricate and greater emphasis was placed on elements of dance composition and design. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, refined the minstrel tradition, and Fred Astaire made ‘hoofing’ a modern art form and the cornerstone of Hip Hop.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:50

A Short Biog of Wilson Pickett on ZANI

Wilson Pickett was born in 1941, in Prattville, Alabama and the fourth of 11 children. The family moved to Detroit in his mid-teens and he sang in several Baptist church choirs. His forceful, passionate style of singing was developed between the sacred and the secular whilst singing on the streets with the other kids.
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Last year I was presented with a revelation. Just as I was bemoaning the lack of big budget, string-laden, 24 karat gold 70s style soul in the mainstream, solace arrived in the form of Love & Hate, the second album from Michael Kiwanuka.
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Monday, 21 August 2017 18:50

A Short Biog of Sam Cook

Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931. One of five boys and three girls, his father was Rev. Charles and mother, Annie Mae Cook. In 1933 the Cook family joined the great migration and moved to Chicago. Young Samuel featured as vocalist in his church choir before teaming up with three of his siblings in a quartet dubbed the Soul Children. Sam became a member of the gospel group the Highway QCs. In 1950, he joined the gospel group, Soul Stirrers and stayed with them for the next six years. During this time they recorded "Nearer to Thee" and "Touch the Hem of His Garment."
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Do we ever arrive? Does the train, one day hit the buffers, and if so, what do we do once it has?
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