Little Drummer Boy – Boney M

December 21, 2018

  I think everyone remembers Millie Vanilli a duo that formed in Germany. Well, they were brought together by the same person as my next selected artists Boney M. The difference was that Boney M actually performed live. The main vocalists on their recordings were Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, but at live performances, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell would also sing. All four singers were from the Caribbean and…

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Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Soul

November 24, 2018

  Soul II Soul, is a British group that started out as a DJ group, playing at house and warehouse parties. They also started a clothing line called “Funki Dred.” This was back in the 1980s when Black music was breaking through once again. This time it was Contemporary R&B and Soul. Reggae and Ska were already entrenched and growing in popularity with Windrush generation and the youth growing up….

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My Love Is Your Love – Whitney Houston

As we close off the session today, let us extend a very happy birthday to “the Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, who turned 76 this week. I am off to prepare supper with a nice wine and keep unwinding in preparation for next week. I have a nice red wine breathing. I thought it would be nice to sign off with another Diva that left us much too soon, Whitney…

March 25, 2018
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Tide Is High – Blondie

Another group back in the 1980s to cover Jamaican music was Blondie. The group was called Pop because they did not fit perfectly into the New Wave, Punk sound that was emerging and they did not fit into the R&B, Funk and Soul genres. The group tended to draw whatever genre that interested them. The lead singer was a former waitress and Playboy Bunny. Debbie Harry would lead the band…

February 18, 2018
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I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

Well once again folks we are at the end of the weekend and ready for a “Soulful Sunday,” to take us into our work week. A while back I mentioned the Caribbean connection with North America and the United Kingdom. That relationship has been there musically for many years. Most will remember Harry Belafonte’s Calypso songs especially “The Banana Boat Song,” and “Island In The Sun,” the title song for…

February 18, 2018
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Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango

  I am all Discoed out for today folks but will be back again next Friday with some more history of the period in time when R&B and Soul got mixed up with an Era called Disco. Over the next few Fridays, I will take you back to a period when Psychedelic Soul was even confused with Rock. It was really the start of the Disco Era, but like most…

January 19, 2018
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Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) – Marcia Griffiths

We started this week’s “Soulful Sunday,” with a Caribbean style number, so why not close it off with one additional number that is still popular at any function it is played. Back in the day when Jamaican icon, Bob Marley was establishing himself, he had three backup singers The I-Three, who were talents in their own rights. All of the singers always performed solo but came together when Bob Marley…

December 31, 2017
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Calypso Breakdown – Ralph MacDonald

You cannot be partied out yet. We have tonight to go wild and tomorrow to rest up for the start of the work week. The good thing about that is we only have to endure four days before another weekend. I am still in a party and dancing mood so this week’s Soulful Sunday,” is featuring Dance music. We have a little R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Calypso and Blue-eyed Soul….

December 31, 2017
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Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc

Have you ever heard of DJ Kool Herc? Well, he is considered one of if not the founding father of Hip Hop in America. DJ Kool Herc is Jamaican and he brought the Jamaican style of “Toasting,” to New York. Toasting or what we call Rapping is where a DJ plays the instrumental of a song and talks over it This started around 1973, and most of the Dubplates back…

November 17, 2017
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Do I Do – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, another extremely talented musician, who like Prince, plays multiple musical instruments. I first saw him in concert when he played the harmonica. He would have been 15 at the time. His “Inversion,” album released in 1973, was where he showed his musical dexterity by playing most of the instruments on seven or eight shots. Recently Stevie joined the current protest about police brutality and injustice towards the African-American…

October 13, 2017
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