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/

Issue 78 of The Soul Survivors Magazine for October & November 2018
features news reviews and interviews with Harold Brown, Wunmi,
J.P. Bimeni, Davide Romani. As you can see we feature the HRH ‘Undisputed Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin on the front cover with odes from various people who knew, worked with or were inspired by her. Click on the front cover  to read and enjoy whilst listening to some soul surviving accompanying music Fitzroy.

‘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/

 

 

2 Years today, I was so moved that I drew the bottom image on and later complied these words and had the image and the words printed front and back of a T shirt..the other two drawings are thrown in for good measure…Mr Musicology…
 
 
It’s a “Sign Of The Times” when “Around The World In A Day” so many tears are shed and we the “Girls & Boys” finally understand the meaning of what is sounds like “When Doves Cry”. His Royal Purpleness, declared to the universe “My Name Is Prince” and I am funky from “Uptown” Minneapolis, and your “Love Bizarre” affinity with my music and artistry will be the “Greatest Romance Ever Sold”. With plenty lyrics of “Controversy”,“Sexuality” and “Love 2 The 9’s”, Prince was undoubtedly a “Sexy MF”. Women all over “Planet” Earth” worshipped him from the time he advised them all “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. “The Most Beautiful Girl In the World” would beg please “Do Me Baby”, as you make me so “Soft & Wet”, “I Would Die For You” “Sweet Baby” and I’m so hungry “For You“, that “Breakfast Can Wait”. Albeit “Starfish & Coffee” with “Cream”, Prince most certainly could convert a nun into a “Nasty Girl”, “Darling Nikki”, “Chelsea Rodgers”, “Cinnamon Girl” or his “Lady Cab Driver”, driving them “Delirious” whilst working up a “Black Sweat”.
 
Prince an incredibly “Sexy Dancer” could “Dance On” regardless albeit “Under The Cherry Moon”, on “Alphabet St” or in “Paisley Park”, for “17 Days” on a “LoveSexy” groove, shaking his “Tambourine”. This is Prince’s “Housequake” and he is the “Life O’ The Party”, so “If You Feel Like Dancin’” like it’s “1999”, get dressed in your “Diamonds And Pearls”, put on your “Raspberry Beret”, jump into a “Little Red Corvette” and ride “Gangster Glam” style. Prince could make everybody “Get Off” to his “Party Up” music, and many “Adore” Prince for his unique dress sense and “Sticky Like Glue”, “Extraloveable” androgynous attraction. To be honest ”Nothing Compares To You” Prince Roger Nelson, so thank you “Dear Mr Man”, Mr “Hot Thing” for the “Beautiful Loved & Blessed” compositions and recordings. “Sometimes It Snows In April” but in that month of 2016 sadly it melted and became a cloud of tears coloured in “Purple Rain” for Mr “Musicology” …for your artistry “My Love Is Forever” to “The Max”.

 

This is the ode printed in our issue 64 edition of The Soul Survivors Magazine

Mr Musicology

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

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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

1st Hour

 

Tashan-Soul Survivor

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)

Tony Allen-Kilode

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

 

3rd Hour

 

Jazzanova-Let Your Heart Be Free

Headtop-Sweet Power

Players Association -Hustlin’ Remix

Cosmic-Ghetto Down

Donald Smith-Expansion

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