Last night me and the 21st Century “Italian Stallion” Mario Biondi after his consummate performance at Under The Bridge in SW6. It was well attended fro a school night..packed in fact with quite a few familiar faces in the house. I interviewed Mario about three years ago so we were just catching up after my DJ set and he is kindly endorsing the Soul Cartel’s Luxury Weekend event in Bolton 1st May..I’m “Spinnin'” like Bernard Wright for this anticipated event, so for more info gimme a “Holla” like Ja Rule. Nice venue and hotel accommodation in side the wandering home turf of Bolton Wanders’s footballing home. Hurray like a Murray !!
Greetings on this Triiiiifkkk Tuesday, just ploughing through the last bits of magazine adverts and editorial before we go to production with issue 63 for 1st April-31st May 2016. Thanks to Adrian Gibson I’ve been asked to DJ this coming Monday with the “Italian Jazz Soul Stallion” Mario Biondi at Under The Bridge in Blue is the colour manor Chelsea. Mario was featured in our publication 4 years ago and he is pictured here with moi just before he was due to perform at Ronnie Scotts in Feb 2012. If you’re there I’ll be bringing some “Pizzaz” like Patrice Rushen jazz and some smooth funky soul to entertain you on the 1&2 wheels of steel…-6 days and counting!!
Pinch punch first day of the month and please no returns..and guess who I had an afternoon teh ta teh with ??? A happy Hot Chocolate music making Master At Work “Brother Louie” Vega. Louie is a big fan of the magazine and collects them avidly .. So when he’s in our LOTW. “London Town” we hook up so he can get his Soul Survivor Magazine fix. Louie’s “Starring” album is “Finally” like CC Peniston out and yours truly reviewed it 6 months ago in issue 59 for Sept-Oct 2015. He is ” Riding High” like Fazeo after his album launch @ Phonica in Soho last night where there were queues outside like a Selfridges 1st day of sales. The female JB Jocelyn Brown and Tony Momrelle both performing on his album sang live and ” I Heard It Through The Grapevine” like Marvin that Louie sold the 100 CDs he brought with him. If you want that album like Rueben Wilson you “Got To Get Your Own ” and enjoy.. Fitzroy
Greetings on this Young Holt Trio “Monday Monday”, hope y’all had a great weekend. Although I missed my “Breddah from anuda Medda” Akin Shenbanjo Jr posted hast notice up here on FB, I got a phone call last night from Dez Parkes just after 9 pm saying “Fitz check out BBC4, there’s a documentary about The Black Panthers that had started a few minutes earlier”. With that nudge I leap frogged up the stairs to grab my IPad as I was now gonna have to multitask, whilst I was cooking and seasoning up some finger licking NON Kentucky Fried Chicken. Colonel Saunders has no place in my soul food kitchen..believe.
As I watched this airing unfold, much of its content and real life characters shown, reminded me of something I’ve seen and reviewed in this current issue 62 of The Soul Survivors Magazine. Whilst watching it, did evoke a feeling that many throughout the world regardless of your ethnic background, be you black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Jewish, Eastern European or from anywhere on planet earth, cannot quite relate to the “Black Experience”, at the hands of the law enforcement of The USA during those turbulent times in the 1960’s. This is a universal and educational piece of North, East, West and South hemisphere world “NEWS” that really happened, and unlike the late Gil Scott Heron said this ‘Revolution is being televised’ so check the “What’s On or Radio Times TV guide for it’s repeats.
Seeing it on a smaller screen, did throw me a bit of a curved ball but it dawned on me it was the same film I was invited to review and saw in November 2015 as a premier courtesy of Kush Promotions’s Marlon Kush Palmer. Now many of you have seen and liked enthusiastically a recent profile photo of me dressed in a Jungle Bros’ “Black Is Black” outfit, dark glasses, polo neck, jumper and leather jacket pounding my fists together for the Madonna “Strike a pose” opportunity.
That was taken at the premier of a film I reviewed namely “The Vanguard Of The Revolution” a Stanley Nielsen production of epic proportions. It did manage to captivate me in a slightly different way seeing this for a Shalamar “Second Time Around”. I wrote this review pre this Sunday’s screening, and it’s been in the mag since February 1st, but I had no idea this was being shown on Aunty Beeb albeit BBC4.
Here is my review and photo’s as printed in the latest issue on pages 28-29, I’m glad to say seeing the film again last night, that my unorthodox journalist scrawling’s depicted the film with enough clarity, for those who’d be curious about the film to want to see it. Here’s the review, like Lalomie Washburn “If You Try It You’ll Like It” and hopefully it will galvanise you to watch the “Vanguard Of The Revolution” . Providentially from The Soul Survivors HQ minutes away from Tooting Popular Front’s foundation, I say to all where ever you are on the planet despite your ethic background or origin, in the words of Wolfie Smith who used to rasie a pumped fist, and exclaim with pride the trade mark phrase of The BBP “Power To The People”. Enjoy..Fitzroy
Just a nudge reminder of the latest publication The Soul Survivors Magazine Issue 62 for Feb-March 2016.. The British Hustle Edition Trailer, to get yours go to www.thesoulsurvivorsmagazine.co.uk
Fitzroy Facey formerly “Da Buzzboy” a true “soul survivor” like many from his generation, danced as a teenager on the West End club circuit and progressed to becoming a DJ, Remixer, Producer, Compiler, Songwriter, radio and media Presenter with nearly 30 years experience behind him. With all these aptitudes Fitzroy has been able to reach audiences UK and beyond with his unique and eclectic mix of various black music fruit genres that have been spawned from the jazz funk and soul roots.
Fitzroy carved himself a niche working with live acts mainly at the Mean Fiddler’s Jazz Café since 1991, establishing a repertoire that has supported an eclectic whose who’s list of world famous Black music artist’s from the 70’s including Gil Scott Heron, Roy Ayers, Bobby Byrd, Gwen McCrea, Rose Royce, The Crusaders and War to 90’s acts Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, Omar, Incognito, Carleen Anderson, Courtney Pine, Ereka Badu, Jill Scott, London Gospel Community Choir, Sounds Of Blackness, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature to present day performers Raphael Saadiq, Bilal, Rahsaan Patterson, Brian McKnight, Floetry, Gerald Levert (R.I.P), Conya Doss, Eric Roberson, Angie Stone, Leela James Dwele, Mint Condition and Pete Rock.
His resume within other spheres of the entertainment and media industry includes the 2000 MOBO Awards After Party and several guest radio shows on Solar, Kiss FM, GLR and Choice FM. The BBC1 Tribute to Muhammad Ali in 1998 credited Fitzroy for his musical contribution to this highly successful documentary. He also appeared in BBC 2’s “Dance Energy’s” “James Brown Special” and ITV’s “Club A Vision”. In recent years Fitzroy has DJ’d at the Indigo2 for the late Teena Marie, Cameo, UB40’s lead vocalist, Ali Cambell, Angie Stone and Steve Arrington.