Etta James Jazz Singer 1938 – 2012

Etta James Jazz Singer 1938 – 2012

Etta James Jazz Singer 1938 – 2012

Etta James has died after fighting leukemia and the ravages of the awful disease related complications.

James will be remembered for her powerful love song. At Last

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25 Years Of Spreading The Lurve

Ambrose Harcourt - Mr Lurve

Ambrose Harcourt - Mr Lurve

He is the Barry White of Sussex and there aren’t many people in the area who can say we haven’t heard his deep romantic tones on the radio.

Ambrose Harcourt, “Mr Lurve” is celebrating 25 years of spreading the Lurve to Sussex, London and the Southeast of England where he has been broadcasting all this time.

He joined Southern Sound Radio in 1986 to present a Soul and R & B show on Saturdays, called SOUL DIRECTION. The show finished at 11pm and then there was a sponsored show which ran from 11pm till Midnight when the station closed down for the night. [Read more…]

UK record for Back to Black

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Back To Black returned to the top of the charts a week after the death of Amy Whinehouse, going on to sell more than 3,259,100 copies to become the best-selling album of the century in the UK. [Read more…]

Toal to sing at Miss Universe Wales final

Renowned operatic tenor, Martin Toal, will be performing at the grand final of the  Miss Universe Wales beauty pageant, to be held at City Hall, Cardiff on March 11.

Martin Toal for Miss Universe Wales

Martin Toal for Miss Universe Wales

Manchester-based Toal is in demand to sing at major sporting, corporate, celebrity and charity events, and has performed at the Millennium Stadium, as well as singing for the Queen.

He has also performed with some of Europe’s top artists including soprano, Lesley Garrett, and Ireland’s Chris de Burgh.

The former Modern Languages teacher speaks fluent French, as well as conversational Italian, German, and Spanish.

Miss Universe Wales organiser,  Vivienne Sharman-Lewis, says that Toal has a phenomenal voice.

“His outstanding singing voice will add another dimension to the grand final of Miss Universe Wales, and we are very lucky to have him here, as, due to his immense popularity, he has an incredibly busy schedule.”

Martin Toal has made a number of TV appearances, and was featured in BBC2’s ‘A Band for Britain’, singing the UK national anthem under the baton of actress, Sue Perkins.

The Miss Universe Wales pageant has attracted a huge number of entrants, thanks to an array of fantastic prizes for the lucky winners, that include four days aboard a luxury yacht in Portugal, courtesy of Algarve Charter Sailing, three days in a private villa with golf, spa and pool at Castro Marim Golf and Country Club, plus a professional portfolio collated by well-known London-based fashion photographer, Lee Collie.

Miss Universe Wales has adopted eating disorder organisation, Beat Cymru, as its official charity, in order to highlight the fact that skinny does not mean beautiful.

Nomfusi taking it to another level

Nomfusi and Band

Nomfusi and Band

Nominated in two categories of the 2010 Metro FM Awards, including Best Female Artist, 2011 year promises to be another stellar year for Afro-soul star Nomfusi. Bookings are flooding in from Europe and North America, and soon she’ll be embarking on her seventh international tour. Not bad for an artist who launched her debut just more than a year ago. [Read more…]

Kaiser Chiefs And Tinchy Stryder for Musicians’ Masterclass

Kaiser Chiefs and Tinchy Stryder, as well as a host of specialist musicians, music industry executives and BBC DJs, have all signed up to the first ever BBC Introducing Musicians’ Masterclass on Thursday 3 February.

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs

Held across two legendary music studios – Abbey Road and Maida Vale – the exciting event will connect under-the-radar musicians from across the UK with artists and top industry professionals from the BBC, the media, live music and recording industries as well as a host of BBC DJs.

The Musicians’ Masterclass will give new musicians an insight into the wider business side of the industry, as well as the opportunity to focus on the more practical and technical aspects of being a musician.

It will be a mixture of intimate practical sessions, where musicians will hear and interact with established industry specialists including drummer Andy Gangadeen (Chase & Status, The Spice Girls); guitarist Deptford John (Iron Maiden, Take That, Kylie); vocal coach Sam Blue (Dizzie Rascal, The Streets); and producers and DJs Annie Mac, Toddla T and Kissy Sell Out.

It will also include special insight sessions, where BBC DJs will be joined by Tinchy Stryder and Kaiser Chiefs, as well as the key people in their career journeys, all offering advice and guidance for new musicians.

BBC Radio DJ Jo Whiley will close the event with a quirky unique version of Question Time, where musicians can put their questions to an expert panel of insiders, including George Ergatoudis (Head of Music, BBC Radio 1), Geoff Ellis (Head of DF concerts), Mike Smith (Managing Director, Columbia) and Martin Mills (Chairman, Beggars Group).

The event will be streamed live on the day, on the BBC Introducing website, giving musicians from around the country the opportunity to see the sessions and gain invaluable advice from many of the activities.

Jason Carter, Editor, BBC Introducing, says: “We are very pleased to have pulled together such a fantastic line-up of music industry experts from inside and outside of the BBC. For the musicians that attend, it should be a fantastic learning experience at two of the UK’s most legendary recording studios.

“The focus of the day will be solely built around developing musicians and advising them about all facets of the industry. From sessions on drumming and lyrics to the artist led talks, the live streaming content online and available after will enable musicians from all over the UK to benefit from the wealth of advice on offer.”

The Practical Sessions

The practical sessions will be genre/instrument-based and will take place throughout the day across both venues, giving musicians the opportunity to work with experts and gain advice on their music. As well as the industry specialists, there will special guests dropping into the sessions throughout the day.

Recording

Musicians will be able to learn from and interact with some of the BBC’s world-class producers and engineers, as they record a session with a band in the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. They will learn about the recording process from setting up kit and mics, to operating the mixing desk and recording overdubs – finding out what equipment is necessary to emulate the sounds of classic recordings.

Remix

Radio 1 Specialist DJs Annie Mac, Toddla T and Kissy Sell Out lead this session, demonstrating how they produce a remix across a variety of genres. During the workshop, musicians will explore arrangement, breakdowns, bass lines and sub-bass, drum programming and use of samples and effects, as well as investigating the pros and cons of different software.

Drums

Drummer Andy Gangadeen, from the Chase & Status and Spice Girls camp, leads the drumming workshop. He will demonstrate his unique drum set up the “Gangascope” and explain some of the skills and techniques required of a contemporary drummer – including sampling, triggering, tuning, improvising and arranging.

Guitar

Industry expert and guitar legend Deptford John will show musicians how to get the most out of their guitar and bass set-ups. He will pass on his wealth of technical knowledge including tips on improving and customising your own guitar/bass, spotting a good buy and how to use a variety of pedals.

Vocals

There’s a chance to work with our professional vocal coaches, including Sam Blue, where musicians will gain practical advice on singing in a variety of styles – from warm-up exercises and using chest voice, to intonation and vibrato. In addition to exploring techniques for band members performing backing vocals, there will also be a section on progressing in the industry, using your vocal talents to earn a living.

Lyrics

BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson and special guests offers inspiration for songwriters and lyricists in any genre during this insightful workshop. Encouraging musicians to explore different approaches to their writing and performance, musicians will also be able to swap ideas with each other and guests.

The Insight Sessions

These extraordinary sessions will allow musicians to hear from successful music artists and also the teams that surround them. It will give them the opportunity to hear real-life experiences and gain advice from their management and creative teams.

Steve Lamaq in conversation with Kaisers Chiefs

From their early beginnings as Parva to having to decide between two major record labels to being dropped – no-one knows the ins and outs of the music business better than Kaiser Chiefs. Steve will host the session where Ricky Wilson and Nick Hodgson from the band will be joined on stage by the key people in their story, to give musicians an insight of how to overcome the struggles and succeed in the industry.

Zane Lowe hosts The Art Of Songwriting

The craft of songwriting is broken down to the basics by Zane. He will dissect some legendary tracks, discuss what he loves about them and also reveal what he looks for in a three-minute piece of pop perfection. The Radio 1 DJ will also be hooking up with a secret guest – one of the greatest songwriters of recent times.

MistaJam in conversation with Tinchy Stryder

From MCing with Roll Deep to Top 10 smashes and working with Roc Nation, Tinchy Stryder’s rise to fame has been extraordinary. The talented artist is joined here by his manager, as well as a whole host of industry types who have been instrumental in his successful music career. They will be giving insights from the inside the industry, tips and invaluable advice.

Pete Tong and the dance scene today

Dance music figurehead Pete Tong delves into the world of dance, investigating the scene today with a few special guests giving their personal thoughts and opinions.

Jo Wiley hosts Question Time with UK industry specialists

This will be a unique opportunity for musicians to put their hard-hitting questions to the biggest names in the industry. Jo Whiley will host an exclusive session with an expert panel of insiders.

Urban Myth Club – Back With A New Album

Urban Myth Club return to the dance music scene with a new album due for a late February release. But as their 2006 debut ‘Helium’ sold over 10,000 copies (and counting) and tracks still pop up on the playlist on late night radio or in a down-and-dirty dive bar as often as they do at Hampstead yoga classes – some might say they’ve never been away… [Read more…]

Stacey Jackson – New Single ‘I Am A Woman’

Out of nowhere, Stacey Jackson a mother of four has gate-crashed the dance music charts and her infectious new dance floor-filling anthem ‘I am a Woman’ is truly a call to arms for yummy mummy’s everywhere! [Read more…]

Jah Wobble & His Orchestra – Japanese Dub

“Jah Wobble is one of the great English originals. He may have started out as the backbone of the early Public Image Ltd, but he has gone on to fuse dub with jazz-rock, English folk and (most recently) far eastern themes… He’s in a class of his own”
Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Great British world-beat and global innovator, poet, singer, composer and all round maverick, Jah Wobble stages a not-to-be-missed one off music gig on his home turf. 30 years of innovation leads to a double hit.

Japanese Dub is an electronic acoustic adventure scrapping the ancient sounds of Japan against cutting edge electronica – a true fusion of East and West sensibilities that proves once again Jah’s creative fire.

Followed by a journey into the mind of Miles Davis and a jazz band including George King (Keyboards), Sean Corby (Trumpet), Clive Ball (Flute), Chris Cookson (Trumpet), Marc-Layton-Bennett (Drums), Nevill Murray (Percussion) and Chris Cookson (Guitar).

What the critics said:

“One of world music’s most intelligently eclectic mavericks”
Sue Steward, Songlines

“All credit to Wobble for his continual investigations into music from other cultures”
Jake Kennedy, Record Collector

“Jah Wobble [is] one of the essential musicians in the world music scene”
Angel Romero, worldmusiccentral.org

2010 Video Music Awards Preshow

MTV News kicks off the biggest night in music with the first-ever televised solo performance from Young Money’s first lady, Nicki Minaj at the “2010 VMA MUSIC AWARDS’ which will air on MTV UK on Monday September 13th at 8pm followed by the awards show at 9pm. Nicki Minaj, one of hip hop’s most innovative artists today, known for her playful lyrics and fashion forward style, will set the carpet on fire with a live performance of her hit single “Your Love.” “I am truly honored to be a part of this year’s VMAs. Just yesterday I was an underground female rapper. See Barbz? Dreams do come true,” says Nicki Minaj.

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