Norman Harris- In Good Faith
Steve Arrington Hall Of Fame- Last Night Night Before
Steve Arrington Hall Of Fame-Mellow As A Cello
Slave-Stella Funk
Slave-Party Lights
Slave- Wait For Me
Slave-Just A Touch Of Love
Slave-Watching You
Steve Arrington Hall Of Fame-Way Out(Instrumental)
Steve Arrington Hall Of Fame- What Do You Want From Me?
Steve Arrington Hall Of Fame- Nobody Can Be You But You
Slave-Thank You Lord
Steve Arrington-Summertime Lovin’
Teena Marie-Behind The Groove
Teena Marie-I Need Your Lovin’
Teena Marie-More Love
Teena Marie-You Make Love Like Springtime(Reprise(ReFitz’d)
Teena Marie-Midnight Magnet
Teena Marie- Don’t Look Back
Teena Marie-Chains
Teena Marie-Gonna Have My Cake And Eat It Too
Teena Marie-Shadow Boxing
Rick James feat Teena Marie-Happy
Rick James-My Love

Greetings on this Waybackayard Wednesday. 4 years ago today Eddy Amoo co founder of the early 1960s teenaged Doo Wop group The Chants and a fully fledged member of The Real Thing since the early 1970s sadly passed away. Eddy was featured in a Soul Survivors Magazine issue 29 for April & May 2011 and gave us an incredible insight into life in Liverpool, impressing the Fab 4 The Beatles to becoming part of the other pioneering black Fab 4 The Real Thing.
With his brother Chris he co wrote the universal world wide child poverty anthem ‘Children Of The Ghetto’ which has been recorded by Courtney Pine and Mary J Blige to name a few. In 2017 we decided to honour The Real Thing at our awards for their over 40 years as a soul surviving UK soul band. I was able to present the award to Eddy Amoo in July 2017 at their packed Jazz Cafe date, where he shared that the award was the first they had been given of recognition by the industry. Since Eddy’s passing there has been a documentary ‘Everything’ currently showing on BBC I player which you should watch if you already haven’t and it is so insightful.
Chris Amoo and Dave Smith the two surviving original members are still performing and have a new album out ‘A Brand New Day’ which is flying high in the album charts, with an updated Chris Amoo vocal of ‘Children of The Ghetto’. So if you got any Real Thing tracks handy..played them loud today as a homage to Eddy’Doo Wop’ Amoo a true soul survivor RIP.

This is one of those Sir Bob Geldof and The Boom Town Rats ‘I Don’t Like Monday’s’ moments, but I’ll say good moanin’ to the grumpy ones and good morning to the more philosophical thinkers. I was only 2 years old when a young, vibrant and all white England football squad won the World Cup in 1966. As a pre teenaged kid aged 12 10 years later I was part of the Perivale Middle School league winning squad class of 1976(middle row bang in the middle). Our squad really was Diversity in the mid 1970s before Ashley Banjo and his BGT crew took the stage in the millennium, with 7 African Diaspora Windrush children and one Asian brother and 8 white Caucasian kids. Racism in the UK was ever present, but as a multicultural team we wore our green & black stripes with pride just like the national team players did wearing the three lions last night. I went on to play for my Ealing Green High School and Sunday football for Perivale Dormers, hanging up my boots circa 1985 when I fell further in love with my spiritual wife music. As a Spurs fan I am used to the euphoric highs and agonising lows of football, and as a huge football fan at 57, I still like to think I could run with the ball like my nicknamed ‘Glue foot’ days of when I wouldn’t pass the ball, because I wanted to dribble like my idol Pele.

I watched England’s progress to the finals and despite being quite sceptical in the beginning I was pleased to see that diverse multicultural team reach the final. We can all be armchair commentators and managers sharing our Beverley Knight ‘Shouda Coulda Woulda’ theories, but with the end result that is the way the mop sometimes flops. I’m gonna be transparently honest..after Kane and McGuire score their respective penalties and saw that Rashford, Sancho and Saka would be taking theirs, I did put in an emergency Loose Ends ‘Dial 999’ “this is an emergency call” to the African Diaspora ancestors, to guide them in taking theirs, as I feared the worst of what has now materialised as in reality. I virtually and spiritually felt some of their pain in not scoring and I felt very protective our my young black brothers, because I knew this was going to be the calling card for the racists patriots and bigots. With all the documented racist abuse on social media people will still object to the significance of taking a knee!(Big up to the Italian Stallions for part taking in that process before the opening whistle was blown).

You see we that are non Caucasian, live in this world and this country knowing the system and anticipate in our auto pilot mode it’s triggers. We already know the anthems..”If ya white ya alright and if ya black stay back” or ‘Their ain’t no black in the Union Jack”. I predicted that the old school hooligan mentality would kick off if England lost and true to form it happened like it was written ‘In The Stone’ like EWF. There are those who think as blacks that when we serve the country we get a pass but if we are seen to disappoint then are dispensable like our ancestors were treated via slavery based on our colour. They practice their cognitive dissonance to what Raheem Sterling did carrying the team on the goal scoring front before Harry Kane found his shooting boots, and I’m so glad Raheem didn’t take and miss a penalty, as you can imagine that he would have gone from hero to zero status in the snap of a finger. This is where the ugly head rears itself in the so called ‘beautiful game’ sadly.😢

I saw the despair on Jack Grealish’s face and Gareth Southgate consoling a distraught Saka, and the shock off all the players and it was very uncomfortable watch. Regardless of the undesired outcome ‘This England’ team despite the trolling and objections to taking the knee showcased multiculturalism and did for at least the best part of three hours brought the country together, as well as through the whole tournament. That said congrats to Italy who other than England till the end of the final were undefeated in the Euro Championship and big up ya chest to all of the England team..who have great potential for the future with the injected pride via Gareth Southgate. I have a smile on my face this morning when I look at us liil Perivalian munchkins aged 12(some of whom I’m still mates with on Facebook) doing our bit for UK multiculturalism albeit innocently and bringing the shield home… shame that 45 years later there is no James Brown ‘Escapism’ from RACISM.. Peace and have a blessed day Fitzroy

Good morning on this Swapshop Saturday, just spreading the love with a Blue Peter painting I did earlier and a few BP inspired and intended song titles, like strawberry jam on a hot buttered soulful toast, in remembering the musical prophet from Philadelphia Billy Paul.
‘It’s Critical’ that we remember Billy Paul one of the deep and philosophical ‘Black Wonders Of The World’. Billy Paul was for Philadelphia International Records what Marvin Gaye was to Motown, musical griot and deliverer of the the gospel and spiritual truth. Before Tashan kindly gave me his song ‘Soul Survivors’ to use as my radio show theme tune, I’d previously chosen Billy’s version of ‘Only The Strong Survive’ as my intro.
I loved Billy’s voice and smoothness and he was clearly someone who was clearly proud of his ‘Brown Baby’ heritage. Billy most certainly helped to ‘Let The Dollar Circulate’ in Philly International Records and often advised everyone in ‘America( We Need The Light)’. Billy was so full of ‘Enlightenment’ and will be fondly remembered for his effort to ‘’Bring The Family Back’ as he educated many in the ‘Game Of Life’.
Always championing ‘People Power’ whether he was ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’, encouraging the population including ‘Me & Mrs Jones’ to ‘Let’s Make A Baby’, or identifying the phoney ‘False Faces’. Billy Paul had style, a voice of pure ‘Peace Holy Peace’ quality and most certainly for me was a ‘First Class’ act, one of the true ‘Black Wonders Of The World’, so ‘Thank You For (This Blessing)’ Billy Paul passed 5 years ago today 24th April 2016 R.I.P.E(Rest in Peace Eternally)

On this 5th Anniversary Wayback Wednesday we pay homage to Prince Rogers Nelson who sadly passed on this day in 2016. We did a front cover special designed by Scott Gray in Ibiza for our issue 64. Here is the 4 page homage with words of wisdom from Sheila E, Mica Paris, Dez Parkes, Ronnie Stephenson( UK Prince) and myself. Read, enjoy and play your Prince records loud and proud .

From my mid 1970s to my late early 1980s teens on the London west end club circuit, there was one dancer that people used to talk about as someone who was pure dance poetry in motion.

I never saw him in his hey day but I ended up living on the same road as him circa 1994 in Forest Gate East London. The folk law legend as he was previously to me Trevor Shake, I found to be a humble guy who was generous in sharing music and his experiences with me. When I started The Soul Survivors Magazine’s interview features I wanted to document his journey. 12 years later after much deliberation Trevor agreed to speak with me.

Many people asked me to document him and in doing so his story has been well received. We had edited his feature as a special without adverts or intimidate editorial as we have done in the original digital and printed issue as a collectors item special. Read and enjoy…Fitzroy

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Good afternoon and TGIF(Thank God It’s Friday) fellow soul survivors ‘Tonight’s The Night’ like Betty Wright when the much anticipated ‘ Rodney P’s Jazz Funk’ gets aired on BBC4 9pm. The black & white Candid Camera shot of Cleveland Anderson and myself in the late 1970s/Early 80s. Original Perivale jazz funk soul boys from the hood. Cleveland is now an in demand music artist agent who handles The Jackson’s (original surviving members & brothers of the J5), and I am the owner, publisher of The Soul Survivors Magazine. We are both featured in this documentary so we just sharing the Perivalian ❤️.

It’s been a long time ‘ Waiting To Exhale’ moment coming, but finally and flipping the ‘ Usual Suspects’ script, Acme Productions under the flagship of ex Touch Magazine’s Jaimie D’Cruz decided upon highlighting the UK’s African Diaspora 1st & 2nd generation Windrush children to talk about their ‘black experience’ about a homegrown music movement that they love unconditionally of their culture, and from their personal perspective( big ‘ Sigh’ like Roy Ayers). 9pm tonight BBC4 ‘Rodney P’s Jazz Funk’
Enjoy Fitzroy ????????

Good morning on this Throwback Thursday. Just got these in my inbox one more sleep ahead of the eagerly awaited Rodney P’s Jazz Funk documentary this Friday night BBC4 9pm. These are some of the stills from the filming sessions of the documentary. This is for the first time told from the perspective of the 1st & 2nd generation African Diaspora Windrush children, who for the first time as a collective in the early to late 1970s, felt they could express themselves in rhythm and dance like their ancestors before them, being at one with the music mentally, physically and spiritually. However without seeing it there are already some negative energies from a couple of posts that have been brought to my attention about a big shit storm coming come 22.01pm Friday night and there after, judging the documentary like it’s gonna be reporting fake news. It’s part of a series about black influences in the UK, so the suggestion that it has the wrong people in it and that certain people should either oversee and present it, is farcical as it’s not about you..for a change. Oh the irony especially in this current racial climate, that we as black people have a chance finally to tell our own story from our perspective, on a subject that is undeniably in our cultural DNA and birthright. How dare we???. Anyway enjoy the stills of the dancers, Jerry Barry, Ian Milne, Basil Isaacs, Perry Louis and original jazz funker Carl Cox, Greg Edwards, Jason Jules, Cleveland Anderson and Rodney P.. the countdown continues in just 36 hours just over and two more sleeps peeps..Peace!!
This is a true story first published back in June 2011 which has relevance in todays Pandemic racial climate. I’ve seen so many closet covert and overt racist and bigots show their Cyndi Lauper ‘True Colours’ in the past less than a week on social media, that it has become the norm to witness it unfolding from those in the UK, who claim to love BLACK MUSIC. Not that I need an excuse, but they make it so easy for me to show their hypocrisy, especially when things have been documented in the magazine reflecting this ‘WHITE ELEPHANT’ in the room that some are not prepared to discuss . However I’m a Souljah in protecting the music of my heritage from this kind of abuse. I reiterate’s not about likes..but sharing the ugly truth that has been staring us in the face, blatantly, subliminally, covert and is the perfect time to tackle it. I do appreciate that some may wish to comment..freedom of speech and all that. ❤️
This time 9 years ago in issue 30 I interviewed Morgan Khan of the pioneering Street Sounds brand fame in issue 30 of The Soul Survivors Magazine. In light of the recent exposure of so called ‘black music loving RACIST hypocrites in their highly and now disrespected positions, here is an extract of the interview, which highlights the bigotry and racism, from someone of the infamous Funk Mafia who remained nameless. This was not for want of me wanting to find out who Morgan was talking about. Like the film ‘They Live’..there are various amounts of these alien types who walk among us. Remember this was 41 years ago 1979 when the subject song came out…
Fitzroy: “Was your break into the industry when you were a plugger or working in club promotions possibly at Pie Records?”
Morgan: “I was asked to evaluate a specific label and their new type of music. So I went to New York and met Joe and Sylvia Robinson and walked in to the studio and heard Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’. When I heard that record, I’d never been so excited and came back and insisted to Derek Honey the MD of Pie he got hold of that record. I remember taking that record as an acetate to a soul weekender and this is an absolute true story. I played it to one of the Funk Mafia DJ’s who put it on and listened whilst between records. He took it off and frisbee’d it towards me and it hit me cutting my head open. He said “ Never give me shit like this again, why are you giving me this nigger talking over ‘Good Times’ ?” And he was one of the big DJs. I remember looking at him in disbelief thinking he couldn’t see it’s potential, as it wasn’t a jazz funk or what was a conventional record. That was my first counter of the prejudice but I knew inherently inside it was a huge record.Three months later although it never got to number one, millions of records were sold and it still holds the record of the most selling 12 inch single. More importantly it was something from street culture with the talk, the dress and the attitude of the then movement, saying “fuck you the man, we ain’t playing by your rules, this is a revolution from a new generation” and thats what hip hop is. Who would believe nearly 30 years later hip hop would be the new dominant music form?”
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Greetings on this early June Flashback Friday’s Fitztory. Back in December 2016 I for-filled a long time reunion of being in the same space again with spoken word griots The Last Poets, whom I had the fortune to DJ for at The Jazz Cafe in 1995. I hung with them practically a whole weekend and managed to secure a joint interview with Lloyd Bradley featured in issue 68 Feb 2017. I asked one short question and this is the answer I got from both Abiodun and Umar, both relevant to what’s happening in the current climate.. read and enjoy Fitzroy Anthoney Facey
Fitzroy: How did you feel about Public Enemy?

Abiodun: “I loved them and Chuck D. (Umar: Chuck D still owes me some money.) (We all burst out laughing.) Abiodun: Chuck D and I have a running joke because my original name is Charles Davis and my nickname was Chuck, and Chuck D says ‘He’s The Original Chuck D”. (Umar: My boy from PE was Professor Griff.) Abiodun: I went down to Hicksville and laid down some stuff with Professor Griff. Umar spent some time with Flava Flav who was considered a clown, but he was more of a distraction maybe to make people feel comfortable. Chuck D would drop in some stuff and when they did that collaboration ‘Self Destruction’, that was important because we were talking about the same thing earlier. Donald Trump is nothing for us, this is child’s play. Umar made a statement at Ronnie Scotts last night, that for 400 years we have had presidents who are not on our side, this is nothing. Even black people said when Barack came that the post racial period is over (Abiodun laughs….) Well Trump is making it clear that that post racial period is over. No we are back to the racist times goddam it, with his “I’m making America ‘white’ again.” even though he says ‘great’. We know what he means. There are some people who have maintained the tradition on some level of what we did but now there is no movement. In the absence of a movement the circus comes to town. There is no better evidence of that than what just happened with the elections.”
Umar: “Just to show how deep things were back then. When we first started, we used to meet at Mount Morris Park. On Saturdays you’d have The Last Poets on one side, The Nation Of Islam on another side, the Black Panthers in another and The House Of Elijah somewhere else. One day something happened and the police came into the park to get a brother. There were about 10 police cars trying to force their way in, but the brothers came forward and told the sisters to get back. Man, us brothers just stood in a line with brother Hakim and others from the House of Elijah and said to the police “You ‘all ain’t coming in here, this is our day.” One of the police officers looked at another and said “Charlie what you think we should do?” Charlie said “I think we better find something else to worry about.” and they left. That’s how we rolled back then.”
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