While Nile Rodgers and friends were bringing the funk to Camden at the iTunes Festival on Saturday night, a mile or so down the road veteran UK soul singer Don-E was gracing the stage at the Jazz Cafe to celebrate the release of his new album Little Star. The London based singer is back after a seven year absence with a solid album which features his trademark mellow grooves alongside collabos with the likes of Ty and an awesome ensemble track with some of the forefathers of UK soul including Omar, Leee John of Imagination, Carl McIntosh from Loose Ends and Junior Giscombe. I caught up with the man himself to discuss what he has been up to during his absence as well as his hopes for his new album. Read what he had to say.
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I interviewed Five Star front-woman Deniece Pearson a few weeks back, and while my adult professional self was calm and composed, my 12 year old self was excited, psyched and doing mental back flips for the entire duration of the conversation. If you grew up in the eighties you’ll feel me on this. Five Star were HUGE! The accomplishments speak for themselves: the group had a total of six top 10 UK singles, their album Silk & Steel hit the number one spot and they became the first black British group to top the UK album charts in 1987. The siblings were also named Best British Group by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) which was like the equivalent to what the Brits/Grammy’s are today, and performed for the Queen and Prince Phillip at the Royal Variety Performance.
2010 was an awful year for me. Just the mere memory of it is enough to induce the shakes and cause me to break me out in a cold sweat. From leaving the security of my 9 to 5, a disappointing stint as a freelancer, financial strains, and just the general uncertainty of my future – I was left me in a very scary and vulnerable place, one I’m in no hurry to return to any time soon. In 2011, things fared a little better. I was three months into a new exciting job, and although remnants of the previous year continued to haunt me somewhat, I began to pick up the pieces and rebuild my confidence, my credit rating and my naturally optimistic disposition, which had all taken a battering.
The clock is just about to strike 9am and I’ve been up for the best part of two hours due to the unrest of my seven year old and my little cousin who of course, can’t sleep because they are bursting at the seams with excitement because we’re less than 24 hours away from Christmas.
Model Sori Matos graces the cover of issue 17 of women’s lifestyle publication New African Woman. The Panamanian beauty is captured wearing an African print top and a gorgeous braided updo. The HOT issue will feature three different covers to cater to the magazine’s diverse readership, this particular cover will be available in the UK. Check out this behind the scenes video for a sneak preview of the international versions.
Ladies, can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? I know we say this every year, but my gosh, this year has really flown by. But before you switch off, kick off your shoes and unplug from the world as you prepare for the festive break, I urge you to check out the last I’mPossible Conversation for 2012 which takes place on Wednesday December 12th at Pearson PLC at the Strand. Remember I told you about this event already? Well this super special Christmas edition will be hosted by Hannah Pool who will be interviewing author Dorothy Koomson, social entrepreneur Foluke Akinlose MBE, actress/model Rachel Ritfield and founder of Enright Entertainment Rachel Springate about their paths to success. Hurry and purchase your tickets as they tend to sell out fast. For further information click here.
When the clock struck twelve last night I was lying down on my sofa struggling to keep awake while watching Think Like A Man with Rich. As soon as I realised the time, I jumped up and grabbed for my glass of passion fruit juice (I’m unfortunately on antibiotics) while a huge smile spread across my face. Arms outreached to the sky I yelled “Thank you Lord… I’ve reached.” And just like that, I waved goodbye to my thirties and confidently strutted into a brand sparkling new decade. TODAY I TURNED FORTY YEARS OLD, Y’ALL. Just typing that sentence feels surreal.
Ah, I stand corrected, I have seen one attempt at honouring Black History Month in the mainstream media and it comes via the Beeb which last week aired an edition of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring former footballer John Barnes who visited Jamaica to research the legacies of his maternal grandfather and great grandfather. Barnes was born in the Jamaica but relocated to the UK when his Army colonel father was drafted over to Blighty to carry out military duties. When the family returned to JA, Barnes decided to stay here in the UK and concentrate on his promising football career. In the show which aired last Wednesday, we follow John as he travels back home to his mother’s house to talk about his family lineage. John comes from a family of accomplished middle class professionals. Continue reading
Have a butchers at this stunning beauty editorial featured in the October/November 12 issue of Blackhair (plug, plug). I just love the juxtaposition of the model’s cocoa tone against the fire engine red lips. It definitely makes me wanna reach for my collection of reds. Credits are as follows:
Photography: Richard Barr
Make up: Joy Adenuga
Styling (wraps and accessories): Bumi Thomas