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Diana Ross at Glastonbury review – disco diva detonates explosion of joy
Confidently filling the traditional Sunday ‘legends’ slot at the festival, the fabulously attired Motown and disco star treated the vast crowd to hit after hit

Alexis Petridis

26, Jun, 2022 @5:47 PM

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Ukrainian techno, UK drill and Tony Christie: 30 acts not to miss at Glastonbury 2022
Whether it’s Kendrick Lamar’s hugely anticipated headline slot, soul music singalongs or late night DJ sets, here are our picks from the hundreds of acts playing Glastonbury

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

21, Jun, 2022 @2:39 PM

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Gladys Knight review – career-spanning set from the empress of soul
The star is in outstanding voice as she pours her whole heart into hits ranging from the Motown era to her 1980s Bond theme

Dave Simpson

19, Jun, 2022 @2:05 PM

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Yaya Bey: Remember Your North Star review – R&B singer with a sparkling gift for tragicomedy
The Washington DC artist traverses a variety of genres on an album that tells funny, starkly wise stories of a half-together life

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Jun, 2022 @7:30 AM

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‘A proper family vibe’: the Silhouettes Project, Hackney’s fiercely indie music community
Away from the exploitative end of the industry lies this Dalston-based project which gives artists from across hip-hop, jazz and soul a leg up – and shares the proceeds

Emma Russell

14, Jun, 2022 @2:06 PM

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One to watch: Donna Thompson
It’s all in the detail in the London-based drummer and vocalist’s nuanced debut EP

Laura Snapes

11, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Cleo Sol review – rare gig shows neo-soul star is a natural live performer
The Sault singer creates an intimate atmosphere with her affable yet commanding stage presence, as if she knows everyone there personally

Jumi Akinfenwa

08, Jun, 2022 @3:46 PM

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R&B nearly man Ural Thomas: ‘My best shot is to just live and be what I am’
He crossed paths with James Brown and Quincy Jones but hated playing fame’s game, and shrank into obscurity. Now 82, the Portland singer is thriving once more

Alexis Petridis

07, Jun, 2022 @4:49 PM

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‘I didn’t know I had it in me’: soul singer Miiesha steps into the spotlight
The Indigenous musician was discovered as a teenager in the tiny community of Woorabinda. She talks about losing her beloved grandmother, finding poetry in pain and a transformative trip to the desert

Janine Israel

25, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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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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