This is the ode printed in our issue 64 edition of The Soul Survivors Magazine
Little did I know when I did my Roll Call Of Fame in issue 60 last year how poignant or providential that would be. For me personally in the 10 year anniversary cycle of celebrating this magazine’s milestone, after the loss of James Brown 25th December 2006, followed by Michael Jackson 25th June 2009 and now Prince Roger Nelson’s passing 21st April 2016, it marks the end of an era of the enigmatic last of the tribal African Masai, one man band singer and performer dancing machines. Each of these artist’s loss moved me to tears, Prince’s moreso than Micheal because it was so sudden. Prince astrologically a Gemini which depicts his multi faceted genius, epitomises the legacy of the showman from Cab Calloway, Little Richard, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix to Michael Jackson (slightly before him) and their musical caricatures with a bit of Phil Lynott and David Bowie thrown in for good measure, with his rock and soul semblance and excellence as a consummate artist. Do you think there will ever be another like Prince, with his androgynous looks, fashion attire, fit athletic physique, flexibility, multi instrumentalist talent and varied vocal octave range, and all done in high heels that may women would struggle to walk let alone dance in? I don’t think so. With that in mind here is a small homage to his Royal Purpleness, Mr “Musicology” Prince Roger Nelson courtesy of a fellow music aquarian and huge Prince fan, Ronnie Stephenson who we used to call Prince in the 1980’s, Musicologist Dez Parkes, and extracts from previous issues via Mica Paris, Larry Graham and Sheila E who worked and knew Prince personally.. Enjoy..Fitzroy
Greetings on this pinch punch last day of the March month. Here is the edited digital version of issue 75 of The Soul Survivors Magazine. It features news reviews and interviews with Rose Windross, Ruth Koleva, Ian Levine and Hamish Stuart of (AWB).
The front cover and whole issue is dedicated to the memory of Eddy Amoo of The Chants and The Real Thing. Please scan through and enjoy reading the articles accompanied by music when you click on a page. The Record Reviews allows you to click on the artwork image and hear a song that’s related to the review whilst you read on what you may want to purchase. If you decide you wish to get hard copy to read the full interviews you can subscribe or purchase that copy via http://www.thesoulsurvivorsmagazine.co.uk/membership/
So fellow soul survivors click on the link or the front cover to view the digital copy …enjoy Fitzroy Anthoney Facey
Greetings on this slightly sombre Flashback Friday. Today around 12.15 is when Eddy Amoo co founding member of the early 1960’s teenage black Liverpudlian Doo Wop band sensation The Chants and long standing 40 plus years member of The Real Thing makes his spiritual transition from this plane. The funeral will take place at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Friday 16 March, 12.15pm and there are expected to be hundreds of people attending, so if you’re going get there early. A private internment will take place after the service.
I had a long conversation with Les Spaine Snr in the week who is one of Chris Amoo’s closet friends and was planning to make the pilgrimage. However I am unable to which saddens me, because Eddy was very supportive of the magazine and gracious that we honoured the band. I’m so glad that the magazine honoured The Real Thing at our awards last February, which I presented to them (as shown in the photo Eddy third from the left ) at their concert in July 2017 last year. The family asks that no flowers are given, and instead that donations are made to a new cause set up in Eddy’s memory.
May your African ancestors have a royal reception awaiting your arrival Prince Eddy ‘Doo Wop’ Amoo .
You can donate to the Eddy Amoo Foundation Trust for Aspiring Musicians here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/eddy-amoohttp://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/
Like LOTW ‘More Of Myself’, Dezzi Deleone and Dez Parkes, this coming Sunday 18th March 2018 at Any Old Sunday at Cottons Chalk Farm Road Camden NW1. 5pm-11pm free entry, 25% discount on food if you book in advance and happy hour till 8pm. Plenty Incognito ‘Smilin Faces’, good quality music and pure Is ‘It All Over My Face(Love Dancin’) ‘ like Loose Joints..Photo’s courtesy of Jen Jenny B Marquis-Brown..less than 5 days and counting..If ya celebrating an earthday pop down for a fling foot!!
Greetings on this Mamas & The Papas ‘ Monday Monday’. In just under 36 hours.. I’ll be bringing you the Soul Survivors show broadcasting to Bristol and the surrounding areas on DAB and around be the world via the App and the three w’s. It’s the start of a weekly show 23.00pm to 1.00am, every Tuesday evening. So are you ready for The Clash’s ‘This Is Radio Clash’ ‘ Radio Frequency’ like Dead Prez? Like the late Lady T Teena Marie.. ‘ Tune In Tomorrow’ and ‘Come For The Ride’ like Tom Browne on Soul Train Radio..love music… love Soul Train
Greetings on this Wayback Wednesday. As requested by some of those who listened to my show last week. Here is the podcast with playlist..enjoy.Fitzroy Anthoney Facey
Starship Orchestra-The Genie
Yellow Jackets-The Hornet
Kathryn Moses-Lucky Duck
Walter Murphy- The Score
Donald Bryd-Lansanas Priestess(Victor Rodaso Mix)
Johnny Hammond-Los Conquistadores Chocolates(Remix)
Angela Johnson-On The Radio
2nd Hour Black History Month Special
Build & Arc-Always There
Gil Scott Heron-Is That Jazz?
Sean Khan-What Is Jazz?
Cunnie Williams-What Is Black Music?
Raheem DaVaughn-Nobody Wins A War
Amp Fiddler-Paint The White House Black
Michael Jackson-History(Ummha Mix)
Buckshot LeFonque-Music Evolution
Roy Ayes-2000 Black(Louie Vega Mix)
Watsonian & Gill Scott Heron-Pretty Drown Doll/Sprits monologue
Jazzanova-Let Your Heart Be Free
Players Association -Hustlin’ Remix
Lynn Lockamy-Warning Remix
TS Monk-Candidate For Love(Mike Maurro Fitzroy Refitz edit)
Kennedy Administration-Don’t Forget To Smile
Zara McFarland-Peace Begins Within
??-Thought It Was You
Today on this Gwen Guthrie ‘ Outside In The Rain’ Way back Wednesday I greet you with this amazing front cover image of a soul surviving icon who had dazzling dancing skills both on the dance floor and on the football pitch. This dapper don looking very nostalgic is none other than the late and ground breaking footballing superstar Laurie Cunningham. He is to many of us from the African Diaspora, a template example of how we can rise from the shackles of slavery, racism and the subliminal and blatant adversity that comes with it. The book Foreword is from the perfect example of how Laurie influenced the next generation of black footballers Ian Wright. Now what is my Kleeer ‘ Intimate Connection’ with this book? ‘ Hold Tight’ like Change as I’m about to share this conundrum.
I was contacted randomly by the author and journalist and sports editor of The Times newspaper..Dermot Kavanagh, who was advised by my fellow west London compadre and jazz dancer Seymour Nurse, to contact me about 5 years ago in 2012. We spoke on his idea to document Laurie Cunningham a local from north London ( Archway I believe) as a youth, and his cultural surroundings and upbringing. Laurie not only was a gifted footballer, he was also known for his dancing and fashion attire in the early to late 1970’s. He frequented many of the local and west end soul clubs including Crackers Wardour Street .W.1. So I advise Dermot he should speak with Dez Parkes, Paul Anderson, George Power and another mate Kayanja. Unfortunately Paul Anderson was unable to contribute but Dez Parkes, George Power and Leon Herbert did, and their contributions are in this fascinating book.
Over the years Dermot kept in touch and did an event to promote his venture locally in Archway where he Dermot himself comes from. ‘ Movin’ On’ like The Joneses last Wednesday Dermot rang me to say he has published a book and wanted to send me one. It arrived on Friday and I flicked through it as I was getting ready to head for Margate. I saw how much space he gave to Dez Parkes in the book and thought wow! Then I looked at the back in the Acknowledgements and see my name in lights on page 222…double damn. I was truly humbled to be in the same space as Laurie Cunningham, Dez Parkes and Ian Wright Wright Wright. Dermot expressed that me giving him the links to speak with Dez and George really gave his venture a new direction once he was introduced to the underground soul surviving world that Laurie Cunningham was living in outside his footballing domain. I rang him and thanked him and again he expressed his EWF ‘Gratitude’. I’ve never actually met Dermot, but that will soon ‘Change’ like Donald Byrd!!
What is significant is the timing of the book arriving via Postman Pat on Friday 4th August 2017. Not only does it coincide with us documenting 30 years of the ‘Rare’ album on RCA featuring Dez Parkes, it was the eve of Jamaican Independence Day 6th August and the interesting Kypton Factor is this.. Laurie Cunningham, Ian Wright, Dez Parkes and myself are all of hardcore Jamaican souljah survivors roots culturally. To add to that my son Jamal Kin-Foo was born 6th August and shares the first four letters of his name with our cultural motherland Jamaica. This is all providential and not coincidental..a phrase taught to me by Melba Moore when we spoke in 2008. I stand by that phrase all day long. Please get a copy of the book Different Class about the late legendary Laurie Cunningham, as in more ways than one he was a soul survivor!!
In the words of the late Robin Williams “Gooooood Morrrnnning” fellow SOUL SURVIVORS. Pinch punch first of the month, no returns and a Two Ronnie Phantom Raspberry Blower “Plluuurrrrbbbb”. The August edition of The Soul Survivors Magazine has arrived nice and ‘So Early In The Morning’ like Trouble Funk(What a tune).
This months new reviews and interviews features Mike Vitti’s chat with George ‘Bad Benson’ and East London’s finest Dez Parkes ,celebrating 30 years of the very first and monumental ‘Rare’ album release on RCA back in 1987. Not forgetting an interview with Mr ‘Places And Spaces’ musical genius Larry Mizell, Simon Law and Jan Kincaid of MF Robots.
We also have a BRAND NEW feature for those who like their soul music north of the south of the UK, entitled Northern Soul Survivors, curated by our new columnist Les Csonge and his partner in rhyme Ann Taylor. There’s are lots of interesting information on weekenders, soul holidays abroad and a few Micheal Henderson ‘At The Concert’ dates, to diarise and prioritise. To get yours subscribe via www.thesoulsurvivorsmagazine.co.uk and subscribe to receive your Quintessential ‘Info Provider For The Soul Survivor’ for August and a Barry White ‘September’ 2017.