Funk Soul & Jazz
As the lines often blur between these genres we thought it wise to bring them together as one person’s soul is another person’s funk. We don’t want you to miss anything cool so this is the place to be.
Featured album: Cymande – Dove
The sensational British funk group Cymande (See-man-day) was one of the first to merge African rhythms with funk, reggae, and soul. Also with members from locations such as Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Vincent, the self-taught nine-man lineup included Steve Scipio (bass), Ray King (vocals, percussion), Derek Gibbs (sax), Pablo Gonsales (percussion), Joey Dee (vocals, percussion), Peter Serreo (sax), Sam Kelly (drums), Mike Rose (sax, flute), and Patrick Patterson (guitar). Their album covers were pretty cool, check out more here.
Focus on Quincy Jones
What can we say about this record producer, musician and film producer, and galvanizer of people that has not already been said? Having discovered many people's careers and worked with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, and of course Michael Jackson.
Grab it on catch up: Mr Dynamite
Born in 1933 in South Carolina into poverty and being abandoned by his parents, then raised in a brothel, James Brown‘s life was always going to be an interesting and eventful one. But could anybody ever have predicted the great man’s ascent to fame and becoming one of the most influential men in music history?
Sky Arts bring you a well-balanced program including band member interviews and extensive performance footage.