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    Been a committed fan of Soul/Black music in many forms since mid 1970's. Through Disco',Jazz Funk , Northern , Reggae, Rare Groove, Modern/Crossover Soul,some Hip Hop, Jazz, RnB,Ska. Club history includes  Crackers, Purley All Dayers, Wigan Casino, 6Ts 100 Club, Talking Loud/Cross the Tracks Dingwalls, Good Times Sound System, White Bull Gisburn, Prestatyn and North Lancs Weekenders. Kings Hall Stoke. More interested in the positives that this fantastic music gives us than any petty 'Soul politics' . Committed to equality and diversity and social change. More into dancing and laughing than collecting .  Fav DJs,   Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Roger Williams, Colin Curtis, Paul Jones. Ginger Tony, Mick Smith, Soul Sam, Bob Jones. Shaun Evans . 

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    Soul Jazz Reggae ,Football. Running Cooking Fair Trade ,Sailing
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    Gladys Knight and the Pips Nobody but you.

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  1. Really good article, and an important reminder that we cannot separate the music from the people and society that delivered it . I would like to make a plug for a ground breaking series that informed me.
  2. Good point and to my shame omitted from my original post , at the back of my mind I knew she has served in local government and Id like to think Detroit was a better place for it. KTF.
  3. This is a Biographical account of the FBI”s attempt to curb Billie Holiday speaking out via her concerts against segregation and racism. This included her performance of the powerful “Strange Fruit “ , an adapted poem written by Abel Meropol , American Communist in response to lynchings in the South. Its directed by Lee Daniels (known for Precious , The Butler.) Billie Holiday is played by Andrea Day , whose voice has been compared to Eartha Kitt , Adele, Amy Winehouse and naturally Billie Holiday. Andrea has won numerous awards for her songs but this is her first film lead. The film is produ
  4. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Today saw the long awaited opening of a project 20 years in the making intended to celebrate the legacy of Black American Music. View full article
  5. Today (Martin Luther King Day) finally saw the long over due opening of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM ) in Nashville. What might have been a star studded gala night was reduced to an official ribbon cutting and presentation of a $1million donation from Amazon . It opens to the public next week. The NMAAM (commonly pronounced Nyaam) is a visual and aural celebration of the history and achievement of Black American music. Visitors begin their journey in the Roots Theatre with an introductory film presentation focussing on the influence of West and Central A
  6. GBH is a Boston based TV and Radio company with a quality pedigree in public broadcasting as well as contributing to local education initiatives , despite that unfortunate moniker !This includes an on line Open Vaults section which includes an open archive of the stations reports on American political and cultural history throughout the last 70 years.This includes a Rock and Roll archive with interviews with about 50 artists , half of them from the Soul music scene, which might have some appeal http://openvault.wgbh.org/collections/rock_roll/interviews Ive had a quick look
  7. move over Mariah Beverley's in town. !! UK's Soul Queen provides a new Christmas Pop anthem . KTF.
  8. Congratulations to Soul Sanctuary and all those involved in this project. I remember hearing Nina Simone's haunting version of Strange Fruit many years ago. I doubt there will be many who wont be moved by the message. There have been a lot of positive spiritual songs released this year which address both the impact of racism and our struggle with COVID. Music has a great potential to both lift us and bring us together . Id reccomend IDMC , and also the House Gospel Choir , and The Weather Girls and The Terri Green Project/Cornell Carter and Friends version of 'Whats Going On" . Keep the F
  9. Well that would be enough to get my vote , but he's had that already . He went to school with DJ Norman Cook, he plays 3 musical instruments , and this could suggest he was living in London in his late teens or early 20's , which might have taken him to 6T's events. Keep the Faith. !
  10. Sad news .. I grew up on his hits and he provided a great Reggae/Soul crossover . Have we ever needed " I can see clearly now " more ? A song for our times. RIP , Keep the Faith .
  11. Some fair points , I was disappointed at the absence of Philly Soul.
  12. I thought given the one hour available episode 1 did a credible job, and I personally think it would be insulting and selling the music (and its followers ) short by ignoring its gospel roots and the civil rights issues around at the time.
  13. Im a big fan of the Hone Cones , whose records don't get played often enough for my liking . Sad news. RIP.

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