Ola Onabulé - Live @ St. James Studio Theatre, London, SW1 - 23/24th November 2016 Slow food: the movement arose from a feeling that what we were being fed was losing its ability to properly nourish and nurture people. Food had simply become a commodity with vital nutrients being lost in the pursuit of profit. If such a ‘slow’ movement was to be applied to the Music Industry, then Ola Onabulé surely epitomises a move towards hearty, sustaining music, made by artisans with a commitment to quality, integrity and real flavour. Musical soul food!
Onabulé will be returning to London for the first time this year since his shows at The Royal Albert Hall with Diana Krall at the back end of 2015. Two new shows are scheduled for the 23rd and 24th of November within the intimate space of the St. James Theatre in Westminster, Central London – will represent a unique opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with one of the world's finest vocal talents.
Appearances at many of the most respected international festivals and concert halls have ensured that Ola Onabule’s reputation continues to be cemented with audiences, globally. Ola's recent appearance on the main stage of Umbria Jazz Festival, alongside such greats as Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield amongst others. elicited tremendous critical acclaim from the discerning press that gather at one the most important jazz festivals in Europe.
Both of the upcoming shows at the St James Theatre will be captured for posterity utilising Neumann and Sennheiser's innovative digital microphone technology. Digital microphones offer unparalleled audio quality and will result in the removal of one more veil between the artist, the musicians and the audience.
For the uninitiated, Ola is a charismatic and sophisticated entertainer possessing an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity accompanied by poignant storytelling. Those that already know Ola’s work truly appreciate this powerful performer and his capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching and lyrical pursuit of truth and justice. Over the years, Ola has forged an international career via his relentless program of recordings and concerts. Ola states; “Hands-on, self-sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game. I always felt like the creative parts of song writing, producing and recording were merely different stages of a single process”.
Ola Onabulé's 8th album 'It's the Peace That Deafens' contains evocative songs about identity, reconciliation and nostalgia. Words, melodies and rhythms walk a delicate tightrope of paradoxes, born of both a childhood and adulthood immersed in two disparate cultures, on two different continents during two different periods of time. Ola recently shared the view that “It’s The Peace That Deafens” is as much a work of exploration as it is a declaration.
Offering sublime musical content and state of the art sound capture, for any true musical soul food lover, the upcoming St. James Theatre shows will be essential performances; not to be missed!.
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Featured in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running female vocal group in history, The Three Degrees are pleased to announce their first extensive UK headline tour in four years, with twenty dates across the country, kicking-off at Weston Super Mare Playhouse Theatre, 21st January. Tour dates below.
Celebrating an incredible 50 years in the business, the threesome has retained all three of their major qualities; their beauty, their sparkling choreography, and their precise vocal harmonies. Consisting of original members Helen Scott and Valerie Holiday along with Freddie Pool, The Three Degrees has become one of the most internationally popular and long lasting Soul groups in history.
Their influence and popularity has played an important role in bringing Soul music to the world and they continue to be considered around the globe as one of the most important ambassadors of American Soul Music, more than five decades after its birth and they show no signs of slowing down.
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Funk and Soul Club
16th August, 2014
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Bedford Way, Russell Square, London, WC1 9HEU
Funk and Soul Club is back at Bloomsbury with a stella Summer August line up featuring:
The Filthy Six (live)
The Groove Initiative (live)
Dom Servini Wah Wah 45s
THE FILTHY SIX
The Filthy Six are the most exciting, authentic Soul Jazz outfit in the UK today and have established themselves as one of the most electric live acts around. Their soaring horns, blistering guitar and gut-wrenching organ are fuelled by the hardest grooving rhythm section this side of the Atlantic, producing a hip-shakingly powerful mixture of jazz, funk and boogaloo totally in keeping with the finest traditions of the Blue Note sound. With a heavier nod to their jazz heroes than most bands on the International Funk scene these instrumental groove merchants fuse boundless energy and incredible musicianship to create tight, funky music that moves the mind, body and soul whilst simultaneously tearing the roof off every venue they play!
THE GROOVE INITIATIVE
The Groove Initiative is a collaboration of the UK’s finest musicians and singers. The band, formed in 2013 specialise in Funk, Soul, Dance, House and Break Beats, performed Live to give listeners a thrilling listening experience.
With members who have supported artists worldwide such as Nile Rogers, Jamiroqui, N-Dubz, Bassment Jaxx, Maceo Parker, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Paolo Nuttini to name a few, the Groove Initiative are credited with giving an eclectic mix of music that captivates an audience at every show.
Sir Funk – fresh from his Saturday headline slot on the Heaven Stage -
a joyous, funked up, hundred miles an hour, pleasure driven explosion of energy that only fools and the foolish would miss. Expect to get sweaty, expect to shake and to do your thang! If there is a Funky Mother ship landing on Bloomsbury in July 2014 – Sir Funk would be at the helm! Never mind that fella from Corrie!!! - A must see!
And expect appearances from some very special guests
DOM SERVINI (WAH WAH 45s)
Dom Servini is one of the main players and a stalwart of the eclectic music scene in London. Having started DJing in the early ‘90s in Brighton with the legendary Snowboy, he then moved back to the capital and took it by storm, starting a Sunday afternoon session at the Jazz Cafe, a residency at the Blue Note, and then his own club venture, Mouseorgan, which ran for 8 years. Dom then joined the Wah Wah DJ crew at The Jazz Café, and went on to become part of their record label project in 2001 – a label he now runs with Wah Wah artist Adam Scrimshire and Hospital Records boss Chris Goss.
ps Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club 13th September @ Brixton Jamm limited £8 super early bird tickets available from www.brixtonjamm.org
Having recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary, The O'Jays are living legends...American treasures. The term "living legend" is often overused and abused, but with The O'Jays, well, there's little argument that the honorable tag truly applies. With their place in modern music secure, The O'Jays could have cruise-controlled to that comfy hammock on a sandy beach, umbrella-decorated drinks in hand. Why? (1) An ocean-wide body of work that spawned 24 US Top Ten smashes and 59 total charted songs. (2) Incredibly energetic and dynamic live shows. (3) Mad respect for their Olympian vocals. And (4) their social and political impact on generations and nations. But doing things slowly is not Eddie Levert, Sr., Walter Williams, Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant's modus operandi. After 50+ years making such international hits as "Back Stabbers," "For The Love Of Money," "Darlin' Darlin' Baby," "Love Train," "I Love Music," "Use Ta Be My Girl" and "Have You Had Your Love Today", The O'Jays are light years away from easing up on the gas. And like fine wine, The O'Jays just get better with time. Through the years, they were blessed to have had the late great choreographer Cholly Adkins around. Adkins taught them the importance of showmanship and how to execute their steps while still delivering their songs.
Tickets for these 2 special shows go on sale Friday 6th June at 9am online from www.kililive.com and by phone on 0844 871 8803. The Live shows will be followed by a return of Ultimate Boogie Night to Indigo2 with DJ's spinning the best in Disco, Funk and Soul Club Classics until 2am. Ultimate Boogie Night and Kilimanjaro present THE O'JAYS London Indigo at The O2 Thursday 18th and Friday 19th September 2014
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These Are The Breaks is a new serious of concerts at The Jazz Cafe, celebrating the artists whose music has influenced the next generation of Hip Hop music across the world, and whose tracks provided the musical DNA for thousands of tracks that you hear today.
The series kicks off on 18th April with American jazz trumpeter Tom Browne taking to the stage. His debut release 'Browne Sugar' (1979) dominated the jazz charts for many weeks while 'Love Approach' (1980) and 'Magic' (1981) each earned gold album status and spawned hits like 'Funkin' For Jamaica,' 'Thighs High' and 'Secret Fantasy.'
Not only did 'Funkin for Jamaica' top the Billboard charts, it has also been sampled over 50 times since its release in 1981. Most famously by Dr Dre for Snoop Dogg's 'What's my Name' as well as a list of artists that reads like a who is who of Hip Hop such as Missy Elliot, Timbaland, NWA, LL Cool J, & Notorious BIG.