Greetings on this ‘Wayback Wednesday’. As we are 2 days away from the end of the month and 1 day away from receiving the next Dec 18 & Jan 19 issue of The Soul Survivors Magazine, sharing this now seems appropriate. It is dedicated to Mr Jazzifunk George Power who was instrumental in many ways of purveying the jazz, funk, boogie, fusion and soul music to many. I personally refrained from sharing my thoughts about George previously as it seemed more fitting to share universally it in our publication. To those who contributed their own words of wisdom, I thank you sincerely for taking the time to contribute. It features eulogies from just a few who felt the need to share George’s impact, as well as the usual news reviews and interviews with W. Michael Lewis (El Coco & Le Pamplemousse), Rockie Robbins and A.D. Burrise of 9th Creation. As our annual festive seasonal issue it is a riveting read, including an exemplary piece of articulacy in the Roll Call Of Fame from Akin Shenbanjo Jr on Jerry Gonzales, so to make sure you get your make sure you subscribe via https://www.thesoulsurvivorsmagazine.co.uk/membership/
‘Coming To You Live’ like Charles Earland as from tomorrow when they land at SS HQ, issue 77 of The Soul Survivors Magazine for August and September 2018. It a double celebration of the 56th Jamaican Independence and 70th Windrush with a touch of ‘Jamaican Soul’. We have news , reviews and interviews with Jamaican import drummer extraordinaire Sly Dunbar of Sly & Robbie, First Lady of Solar Records Carrie Lucas, CEO of Solar Records Jessie Birdseed Tsang, Mikey Craig of Culture Club and jazz musician and legend Doug Carn. Huge thanks to Ayshea Scott for the design. To get yours go to http://www.thesoulsurvivorsmagazine.co.uk/membership/
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!!