I’ve never heard of Sugar Pie DeSanto before, and I’ll be surprised if anyone here has come across her music. But she deserves wider appreciation.

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One of the last of the old Chicago bluesmen still standing, Buddy Guy is still going strong at the age of 87. And arguably the best. (more…)

The moment you first hear Jordan Rakei’s stunning voice, you imagine you must be listening to some long-lost soul singer from the Sixties or Seventies.

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This fantastic afro-flavoured fusion of funk and soul comes from a Soweto nightclub back in the dark days of apartheid in the early ’70s. It’s performed by Abacothozi, house band at the township’s first nightclub, The Pelican.

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Not only is this a classic Northern Soul number but Jackie Shane is one of the earliest trans performers in pop history.

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‘She’s phat, she’s tight, she’s outta control…’ It was supposed to be a routine celebrity interview, but it ended in a jet-ski chase across the harbour and a stand-off with the local police. Tim Cooper hangs out with Macy Gray to see how life is for America’s hottest hip-hop diva.
 

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My 11,000-mile round trip to meet country-soul singer Shelby Lynne began with a disastrous motorcycle journey… and got worse after that.

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Texas troubadour Micah P. Hinson’s plaintive love song stays in your head long after its two minutes are over.

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Here’s an Afro-techno party anthem from the Democratic Republic of Congo that should set your pulse racing and feet moving. Either that or you may be clinically dead.

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Phyllis Dillon’s rocksteady classic is a gem from Duke Reid’s legendary Treasure Isle studio. It’s been widely described as the greatest performance by a female singer in Jamaican music.

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