• Soul Of A Nation

    By Chris Wells on May 12, 2017
    This summer Tate Modern will present Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power, a landmark exhibition exploring what it meant to be a black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement and at the birth of Black Power. Seeking also to explain that art’s purpose, it will additionally consider the art’s target audience and […]
  • Pryor Notice

    By Chris Wells on September 28, 2015
    That Daughter’s Crazy British Urban Film Festival, Genesis cinema, London. Rather than cast off the burden of being the offspring of a bonafide icon, Rain Pryor seems to have strapped it as firmly to her back as an African mother would a baby. And in this engrossing documentary she walks right into a playground of comment, confession and creative thinking […]
  • Mobb Handed

    By Chris Wells on March 17, 2015
    Mobb Deep’s first UK tour in a decade will see Prodigy and Havoc perform all the classic tracks from their now legendary 1995 album, The Infamous… plus international hit singles including the 2005 UK number one Outta Control by 50 Cent feat. Mobb Deep. Catch the duo at: BIRMINGHAM, O2 ACADEMY [May 1]; LONDON, O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE [2]; OXFORD, […]
  • Bloomin’ Lovely

    By Chris Wells on March 2, 2015
    Timothy Bloom: Live @ London, Jazz Café LA based Grammy Award winning hotshot Timothy Bloom has a music video up on Youtube that has been viewed over a million times. The sultry song ‘Til The End Of Time, which drips out of the speakers like a sexed up Misty Blue, was a minor hit when released in the US on […]
  • Bassekou For Union Chapel

    By Chris Wells on October 23, 2013
    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Thursday 20 March 2014, Union Chapel, 19:30 Tickets £22 barbican.org.uk. Grammy Award nominated ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate will return to London with his band Ngoni ba after the sell-out success of Sahara Soul, the tribute concert for Mali and its rich musical traditions hosted at the Barbican in January 2013. In recent years Bassekou Kouyate has single-handedly propelled his instrument […]
  • They Might Be Giants

    By Chris Wells on October 21, 2013
    Billed as the ‘Giants of Funk Soul Boogie & Jazz’ the already intriguing coming together of Glenn Jones, Steve Arrington and Loose Ends has now been boosted by the addition of Archie Bell & The Drells – for their gig on November 1 at the IndigO2 at The O2, London. The original show, minus Archie and the boys, was due […]
  • Sweet Ambrosius

    By Chris Wells on October 21, 2013
    Playing with her full American band, former Floetry member and now established solo artist Marsha Ambrosius has lined up a date at London’s IndigO2 at the O2 on Saturday, December 21. Her new album Friends & Lovers is slated for a 2014 release. Marsha calls the album an autobiography of her past relationships: “Friends & Lovers is to be listened to […]
  • If You Knew Zara

    By Chris Wells on October 21, 2013
    Gifted young jazz vocalist and songwriter Zara McFarlane will drop her second album, titled If You Knew Her, on January 20, 2014, via Brownswood Recordings. The album – which we’ve heard and it’s a killer – is her long awaited follow-up to the much praised Until Tomorrow. Eight of the 11 songs are originals, which, says Zara, “collectively explore emotive […]
  • Fela Red Hot

    By Chris Wells on October 16, 2013
    Tuesday, October 15 would have been Afrobeat orginator Fela Kuti‘s 75th birthday, had he been still with us. It’s fitting, then, that not only has the final tranche of Fela reissues albums and a series of celeb vlogs saluting the man been released, but also the Red Hot + Fela compilation, which features interpretations of Fela tunes by a raft […]
  • A Little Muscle

    By Chris Wells on October 9, 2013
    The movie-documentary Muscle Shoals will hit UK cinemas from October 25. Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, the film tells the story of the great music and studios that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama during the sixties and seventies. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River”, as Native Americans called the river Tennessee, the Muscle Shoals musicians and studios helped create […]