Soul

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Oscar-winning composer Jon Batiste: ‘I see jazz as a superpower’
From scoring Pixar’s Soul to bandleading on The Late Show, Batiste is a fixture of American pop-culture. Now he wants his ‘social music’ to spark genuine political change

Ammar Kalia

12, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Candi Staton: ‘When the promoters tried not to pay I had to get my gun out’
Between the ‘chitlin’ circuit’ and her new rave tunes, the soul diva even picked up praise from Elvis. In our new series where you ask the questions, this storied musician reveals a few untold yarns

Dave Simpson

07, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Sunday with Heather Small: ‘I like films that talk about women’
The singer describes a peaceful family day with gospel music, films and Caribbean cooking

Rich Pelley

03, Oct, 2021 @5:45 AM

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The reader interview: post your questions for Candi Staton
Kicking off a new weekly series, where readers pose questions for film and music stars, is the 81-year-old queen of soul and disco heartbreak

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Sep, 2021 @11:56 AM

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Nao: And Then Life Was Beautiful review – soaring to new heights
The Grammy-nominated Londoner takes things to the next level with this impeccably on point third album

Kitty Empire

26, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Common’s teenage obsessions: ‘Michael Jordan gave me the shoes off his feet’
As he releases his new album, A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 2), the US rapper remembers his terrible chat-up lines and the magic of the moonwalk

As told to Tara Joshi

24, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Nao: And Then Life Was Beautiful review – joy and hope amid the pandemic
Plenty of new albums are considering life with Covid, but few of them are as sensual and gorgeous as this

Alexis Petridis

23, Sep, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Sarah Dash, member of Lady Marmalade trio Labelle, dies aged 76
New Jersey-born singer had a US No 1 hit with the R&B trio, and later worked with the Rolling Stones

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

21, Sep, 2021 @8:45 AM

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One to watch: MMYYKK
Shades of Thundercat, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder and more align in the deep grooves of this American master of all styles

Kate Hutchinson

18, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Arlo Parks’ warm voice and diaristic lyrics rightly earn her the Mercury prize
In a strong field including career highs from Wolf Alice and Ghetts, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter prevailed with an album full of tangible lived experience

Alexis Petridis

10, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Mercury prize 2021: Arlo Parks wins for Collapsed in Sunbeams
21-year-old singer-songwriter adds to Brit award win earlier in the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, Sep, 2021 @9:13 PM

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‘A joyous feeling’: Sampology on making a film with his grandfather – decades after he died
Brisbane musician Sam Poggioli embarks on a ‘weird’ kind of collaboration with his dead grandfather in a bittersweet, regenerative album

Nick Buckley

02, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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