Destined not to be a Fats Domino ‘Blue Monday’..check out The Soul Survivors Show this coming Monday 30th October on Solar Radio with yours truly. It will be it’s usual eclectic selection of jazz funk and soul surviving musical biscuits between 3pm-6pm with an hour dedicated and sandwiched in the middle representing some Black History OJay’s ‘Message In The Music’ compositions. So bringing the smile to your dial catch me Fitzroy on The Soul Survivors Magazine Award Winning Solar Radio..the classic and 21st Century Soul Station on Sky digital 0129 or www.solarradio.com. Chow for now and join me on Monday
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.
After the amazingly received first instalment a couple weeks back we get ready for the Stevie Wonder ‘Hotter Than July’ sessions of a Chaka Khan ‘Any Old Sunday’. We had a good mixture of male and female dancers from yesteryear regressing like Benjaim Button to their teenage years..’Dancin’ & Prancin’ like Candido to jazz, soul, funk, disco, boogie , latin, bossa, samba and broken beat old and nu. FREE ENTRY !!
The concept is to set a scenery for people to come and chillax in the spirit of the 3 D’s Dance Drink & Dine whilst we have a season of Kool & The Gang ‘ Summer Madness’. Happy Hour until 8pm and 20% off all Food deals if you quote the Soul Survivors Magazine on the day. Come down and enjoy food, music and libation for 8 hours on a Sunday in Camden NW1. It’s less than one minute from Camden Tube Station Northern Line.
DJ’s Dez Parkes, Dezzi D and Fitzroy (Soul Survivors). Music policy all things jazz funk and soulful old and new. There will also be artwork and Soul Survivors Magazine Merchandise on sale including T shirts mugs bags and albums. So come down and enjoy this Janet Lawson ‘Sunday Afternoon’ to late evening session Sunday 25th June!! It will be the most eclectic selection of music you’ll here from three like Cameo original ‘Knights Of The Sound Table’
Check out the footage from the last one 25th June https://youtu.be/iXR7AZD7lJA
Fitzroy’s Friday in Da Mix July 14th 2017 to get you in the mood for Sunday’s session at Universal (Soul Music) Events presents The Annual Summer All Day Party! I’m on 9pm-10pm and have a £10 concession list so holla if you want that deal. Aboard The Tereza Joanne Boat, Woolwich Manor Way E16 2QY R&B, SOULFUL HOUSE, SOUL CLASSICS/ANTHEMS,HOUSE & UK GARAGE and YES it’s true… BRANDON BLOCK will be playing a two hour special set! (Soul & House, old Skool) DJ’s………FITZROY DA BUZZBOY, TONY FERNANDEZ, BIRDY, PAUL CLARK, FROSTIE, SOULMASTER T., ROCKY & STEVE, KEV HAWKINS, MAX FERNANDEZ, STEVE ‘SOULTRAIN’, £10 Earlybird Ticket until 2nd June 2017, £12.50 + b/f Advance Tickets £15 OTD, BBQ Food & a menu selection will be available to purchase and Drink Promotions. Nearest DLR station its Gallions Reach approximately 10 minutes walk.
Like Norman Connors ‘Just Imagine’ the sun on a Kool & The Gang ‘Summer Madness’ day in Camden London, eating food and drinking your favourite libation between 3pm-11pm and it’s free. This mix is an indication of the soundtrack that will support that Norman Connor’s ‘Just Imagine’ moment. It all happens this Sunday at BOHO Inverness Street Camden NW1..you coming??
Click on image to listen to Mixcloud Mix