Soul

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Pervis Staples, Staple Singers co-founder, dies aged 85
The gospel group singer embraced secular music with great success and helped soundtrack the civil rights movement

Laura Snapes

13, May, 2021 @11:57 AM

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2021’s Brit awards showed pop can have it all: success, quality and diversity
The industry acknowledged megastars but didn’t solely reward commercial success, and is finally nurturing more than a small handful of female artists

Alexis Petridis

12, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Women dominate 2021 Brit awards as Dua Lipa tops winners
2020’s heavily male ceremony reversed with wins for Arlo Parks, Haim and Billie Eilish, as Little Mix become first all-female winner of British group

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Tobi Thomas

11, May, 2021 @9:31 PM

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Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Volume 1 review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
The veteran bluesman loudly wakes up the sheeple with this boring and paranoid double album, reminiscent of a dinner party with a bitter divorcee

Alexis Petridis

06, May, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Yaya Bey: The Things I Can't Take With Me review – smooth, candid soul
The New Yorker shows her gift for storytelling on an EP that blends the personal and the political

Kadish Morris

11, Apr, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Merry Clayton: 'Gimme Shelter left a dark taste in my mouth'
The singer who backed the Rolling Stones, Coldplay and more weathered a miscarriage, then the loss of her legs in a car accident – but her new album shows she refuses to give up

Robert Ham

08, Apr, 2021 @11:10 AM

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'After you listen, you're cooler': the incredible women of Philly Soul
On the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records, the often underappreciated women of the label talk about their legacy

Jim Farber

20, Mar, 2021 @6:07 AM

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Genius: Aretha review – clunky Franklin biopic needs more respect
Cynthia Erivo provides the requisite vocals yet is otherwise an empty version of the legendary singer in a shallow new series

Beatrice Loayza

17, Mar, 2021 @1:30 PM

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Valerie June: 'Black women have always been eclectic. We just didn't make the headlines'
Named by Bob Dylan as a contemporary great, the versatile songwriter straddles folk, R&B, bluegrass, soul and more – and her creative freedom has been hard-fought

Stephanie Phillips

16, Mar, 2021 @10:20 AM

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Valerie June: The Moon and the Stars review – psychedelic Memphis soul
The Tennessee singer-songwriter’s bittersweet country soul with an astral bent fares best when it’s kept simple

Kitty Empire

14, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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From Soul Train to Beyoncé: the joy of black performance in America
In A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib set out to celebrate black artists across music, dance, comedy and more, who succeeded even when their own country refused to honour them

Hanif Abdurraqib

12, Mar, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Penguin puzzler and a rest for Pedanticus | Brief letters
Brief letters: School terms | Hywel Francis and gay rights | Mirages | Pedanticus | Wordsearch | Quick crossword

Letters

09, Mar, 2021 @5:58 PM

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