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Jazz, R&B and ‘sophistifunk’: James Mtume’s greatest recordings
From his Afrocentric jazz with Miles Davis and Lonnie Liston Smith to his chart hits for Roberta Flack and Stephanie Mills, we celebrate the best of the late musician

Alexis Petridis

11, Jan, 2022 @3:03 PM

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James Mtume, jazz and funk musician, dies aged 75
The versatile songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist had hits with his own group Mtume as well as for Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack and more

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

10, Jan, 2022 @10:20 AM

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‘Booty is part of Blackness!’ Bobby Rush on blues, dirty dancing and being the funkiest man alive
After 75 years of performing live – including in mid-century minstrel shows – Rush’s joyful ‘folk funk’ is finally attracting wide acclaim. He talks about his tough childhood, his feud with James Brown and staying true to his Black audience

Garth Cartwright

07, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Georgia Maq, Tame Impala, Augie March: Australia’s best new music for January
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly

03, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Gabriels: the gospel-soul trio set to be 2022’s word-of-mouth hit
Jacob Lusk was an American Idol contestant who had never found his true musical identity. Now, his astounding voice powers a trio who are steeped in the richness of Black musical history

Michael Hann

28, Dec, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Lady Blackbird: Black Acid Soul review – understated and utterly haunting
Marley Munroe finds her calling with an extraordinary collection of songs and performances that burn deep into you

Alexis Petridis

16, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Those we lost in 2021: Mary Wilson remembered by Otis Williams
The founder of the Temptations on his fiercely determined Motown colleague who lit up the stage with the Supremes and fought for artists’ rights

13, Dec, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Beverley Knight scolds ‘rat-arsed’ theatregoers at London musical
Soul singer posts tweet lambasting people she says disrupted The Drifters Girl show in London

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

10, Dec, 2021 @1:06 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2021, No 6: Sault – Nine
The follow-up to Mercury-nominated Untitled (Rise) is another transcendent triumph for the not-really-anonymous London neo-soul collective

Rachel Aroesti

10, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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George Michael’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!
With Last Christmas sailing up the singles charts again, now’s the time to reappraise Michael’s best tracks, from sublime pop to haunting elegies

Alexis Petridis

09, Dec, 2021 @5:25 PM

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Alicia Keys: Keys review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
The 65m-selling singer-songwriter is back with a uniquely conceived double album, but both its laidback and upbeat sides fall far short of extraordinary

Alexis Petridis

09, Dec, 2021 @11:11 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2021, No 9: Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
A stunning debut emerged from the darkness of lockdown to win the London newcomer chart success and a well-deserved Mercury prize

Dave Simpson

07, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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