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Soul veteran Jean Carne: ‘Duke Ellington was a wonderful, grandfatherly gentleman’
She hung out with Earth, Wind & Fire, helped coach Michael Jackson and was the last person to sing with Duke Ellington. Now Jean Carne is enjoying an unexpected second spell in the limelight

Ammar Kalia

24, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: Carry Me Home review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
On poignant yet defiant recordings made in 2011 shortly before Helm’s death, Staples’ commanding vocals give enormous vibrancy to blues, folk and soul standards

Alexis Petridis

19, May, 2022 @10:15 AM

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Michael Kiwanuka review – patience is golden
This most unassuming of soul stars has had to wait a long time to tour his lushly produced eponymous album, and his return brings blissful escape

Kitty Empire

14, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘I used to sing Mona Lisa on the street for coins’: George Benson’s honest playlist
The jazz guitar great remains in awe of Etta James, Nat King Cole and Mario Lanza, but what’s the disco classic he’d recommend to get a party started?

As told to Michael Hann

09, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘I’ve never felt this depth of love’: Emeli Sandé on coming out, race and making music again
She became one of the biggest singers in the world after her performances at the London Olympics. She is now back with a celebratory new album and reflects on identity, fame and happiness

Zoe Williams

05, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘I was consumed with anger’: Brian Jackson, Gil Scott-Heron’s brilliant, badly wronged partner
He wrote the music for Scott-Heron’s astonishing streams of social consciousness – and then his royalties got cut off. The jazz-funk artist explains why he focused on a comeback instead of lawsuits

Garth Cartwright

27, Apr, 2022 @1:55 PM

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Orlando Julius obituary
Saxophonist, singer and bandleader whose fusions of highlife and American styles helped transform Nigerian music

Robin Denselow

26, Apr, 2022 @4:50 PM

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Annie Lennox’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!
As the Scottish pop icon’s debut solo album Diva turns 30, we run down through her best work with the Tourists and Eurythmics and as a solo artist

Alexis Petridis

21, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Sault: Air review – a daring act of creative rebirth pays off
Taking bold risks with a mostly wordless sixth album, Dean Josiah Cover ascends to spiritual new heights

Stevie Chick

19, Apr, 2022 @7:30 AM

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One to watch: November Ultra
The Parisian singer’s smooth but skewed soul wraps elements of Spanish and Portuguese traditions into dramatic, expressive ballads

Damien Morris

16, Apr, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘Everything Marvin Gaye does is sexy’: Kathy Sledge’s honest playlist
The Sister Sledge singer on her crush on Michael Jackson, upbeat funeral numbers, and why she never wants to hear We Are Family again

As told to Rich Pelley

11, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Paul Young looks back: ‘I look better now than in the 80s. I know how to pose’
The musician puts on his old suede jacket and remembers his big break – and big hair

Harriet Gibsone

09, Apr, 2022 @11:00 AM

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