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Gris-gris enigma: can a new posthumous release shed light on the elusive genius of Dr John?
How did a middle-class white kid break into New Orleans’ feverish 1950s R&B scene and enjoy a wildly eclectic six-decade career? As a new release puts it: things happen that way

Garth Cartwright

21, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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One to watch: Ari Lennox
Fusing neo-soul with hip-hop, this outspoken American R&B singer-songwriter has been snapped up by J Cole’s Dreamville label

Damien Morris

17, Sep, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘Butt-shakers and toe-tappers’: Ramsey Lewis brought jazz to the people
The piano great tuned in to the hits of his day and played hard bop to a rock backbeat, crossing into the mainstream, selling millions, and making him one of the most sampled musicians of all time

John Lewis

14, Sep, 2022 @2:48 PM

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George Riley: Running in Waves review – gorgeous, softly futuristic R&B
Riley’s frank lyrics and molten vocals are immersed in a polished soundscape from producer Vegyn

Tara Joshi

09, Sep, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Teyana Taylor review – jaw-dropping farewell from singer leaving too soon
Worn down by the music industry, Taylor is retiring at 31 – but her athletic London goodbye is less a reason to commiserate than to celebrate an R&B trailblazer

Shaad D'Souza

05, Sep, 2022 @11:41 AM

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Sudan Archives: Natural Brown Prom Queen review – dizzying earworms
Post-genre American musician Brittney Parks extends her range yet further on her dizzying second album

Kitty Empire

04, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The secret recordings of genius producer Charles Stepney
The soul music visionary died in 1976 at the peak of his career. But his legacy endures – thanks to sampling, fans such as Elton John and Chaka Khan, and the efforts of his three daughters

Alexis Petridis

01, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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We Out Here festival review – celebratory weekend of raucous dance and cosmic jazz
Showcasing rising UK talents like Two Shell and the Comet Is Coming alongside Detroit legends Underground Resistance, Gilles Peterson’s festival is a delight

Jasmine Kent-Smith

29, Aug, 2022 @5:16 PM

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Kelis’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!
After doing battle with Beyoncé and before her new album, Dirt, we rate the best of Kelis’s career, from the ragers to the musical recipes

Alexis Petridis

11, Aug, 2022 @12:57 PM

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Lamont Dozier, Motown songwriter, dies aged 81
As one third of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the Detroit musician was responsible for some of Motown’s biggest hits of the 1960s

Michael Cragg

09, Aug, 2022 @9:27 AM

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Beyoncé: Renaissance review – a breathtaking, maximalist tour de force
The superstar’s seventh solo album is a kaleidoscopic barrage of disco, soul, house and dancehall that puts other post-pandemic party albums in the shade

Kitty Empire

06, Aug, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Readers review Beyoncé’s Renaissance: euphoric and fresh, or paint-by-numbers?
The superstar’s first solo album in six years has got her fans in a tizzy. But though some Guardian readers love its joyful 1980s disco-house lean, others say it’s a retread

Guardian readers

05, Aug, 2022 @10:30 AM

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