Life and Soul – What’s Going On
International Soul Music Summit 2008
Just a brief note to congratulate Terry Bello on the 3rd ISMS and for making it an unmissable event in the Soul Calendar.
The event this year was intense, and much the better for it in my view.
The resounding conclusion from the event was that Soul Music is very much alive. Soul Music is reclaiming its position at the forefront of todays music. Culturally and philosophically it is moving forward, it is not going to sound like it was before but it will take from its history and mould it into a new force. Incidentally I wrote an ‘editorial’ on this a while back – http://lifeandsoulreviews.blogspot.com/2008/06/contemporary-soul.html
I am proud, honored and blessed to be involved with this movement in these exciting times.
A subsidiary conclusion was that invariably the wish was to remain independent. I believe this to be extremely important, not only in music but in any walk of life, as the freedom that this gives will enable progression to another level.
(on the first morning my camera broke, so I have no personal pictures of the event, so I would be grateful to receive any pictures – thanks Trish Chappell already got yours – and I have started to ‘steal’ some that I have come across)
International Soul Music Summit 2009
The date for the summit has been locked to be the same weekend in September each year. For the first time it is now possible to plan a year in advance. This is particularly useful for non USA residents.
We would like to increase the attendance from outside the US. It would be helpful if you would let me know whether you would like to attend. No commitment at this stage, simply to be kept in touch. Just drop me an email headed ISMS 2009 Pre register to email@example.com
4th Annual Independent Soul Mixer New York 2009
Preparations are underway, following the phenomenal success of 2008, for the 2009 event on 21 March 2009. Again please register an interest by emailing me headed Mixer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Again if there is sufficient interest from the UK we may be able to organise ‘specials’.
I am currently involved in several radio initiatives:-
I still currently guest approximately once a month on the Soul Train show on http://www.starbristol.co.uk/ Sunday Evenings UK time &pm to midnight
Radio Cardiff – http://radiocardiff.org/ Currently off air for live shows but will return shortly pending move to new premises.
Rhythm and Soul Radio http://www.rhythmandsoulradio.com/ starting October and every 3rd and 4th Sunday the Soul Freedom show starts, with myself and KGB as residents and assorted guests over the coming months.
I am also involved in discussions with two other parties regarding the formation of two new stations, more information as it evolves but two exciting ventures for the new year.
I am also discussing, working out feasibility currently, another event on the Soul Calendar in the UK. Hopefully this will evolve into something worthwhile – details will be sent out as soon as.
Taxation and Accounting
As many of you will know I am a director at Colin Coates and Partners, a general purpose tax practice, but with a media and entertainment portfolio of clients. I am a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser and also a Trust and Estate Practitioner.
Anybody with any tax issues are welcome to contact me for a free initial discussion. My contact for this is email@example.com or 01934 844133.
This is particularly for UK residents or visitors to the UK but we have contacts in other jurisdictions so we may be able to help otherwise – just ask.
Website Reviews and New Product promotion
New reviews are being posted at http://lifeandsoulreviews.blogspot.com/ so I am always pleased to receive new product. The key objective of my group of sites is to promote new music. In addition to the review site much product is played on the radio shows mentioned above. If I am honest there has probably been less on the site and more on the radio over recent months but both go hand in hand.
If you are picking up this bulletin on MySpace, Facebook, Soul Commune or elsewhere please also ensure that I have your regular email address to ensure that you are kept up to date on new and relevant initiatives.
My events and also Soul Freedom events and radio performances are posted regularly on http://www.myspace.com/lifeandsoulpromotions
This Saturday at a new venue Rockin Chair in Cardiff and 4 October our regular longstanding event at City Canteen and Bar Cardiff. Check the above link for full details.
Chris Rob in the UK
Chris Rob, New York Independent Soul Artist, will be in the UK at end of October. A few dates are available – any interested venues, events or promoters interested please let me know.
Atlanta Thanks and Highs
So many, apologies for missing any! To:
- Terry Bello, for inviting me to be part of ISMS
- Gabbie McGee, George Kelly for their love and hospitality, love to Elijah and Evelyn
- Nikki Wade and Khiry, for a great week, showing me around and a whole bunch more,
- Adam Falcon for letting me in the studio for final mixing, the album is sounding great
- Armand Tulumello for great friendship and a long walk!
- La Sonya Gunter – love you Gerl, Crazy & Beautiful, one of my longest friends on the Indie Soul scene
- Everybody at ISMS for making me belong, love to you all.
- Kaye Ree, April Hill, Heston, Jarrard Anthony, Rhonda Thomas, Kendall Duffie, Alex Lattimore, Ozara Ode, Eric Roberson, Monica Mason, Brody, Jon Bibbs, Ty –Vicelounge, Darien, Kipper Jones, Tondrae Kemp, Terrance Darnell (get back to me about those things we talked about), Julie Dexter, Big Brooklyn Red, Drea, Carlis P & D Mawl
- Allen Johnston, Miles Anthony, Lucy Beer, Norman Mayers, Vanita Thompson, Hasan Brown
- Some of my favourite New York people Abby Dobson, Trish & Tom Chappell, Chris Rob, Melika Miller and my man Steve Wallace
- Marko Nobles for the Radio interview and Drake Phifer for the Urban Organic Street interview
- Lenora Jaye, gotcha at last!
- Dan (Soul Jones) and Barry King helping rep the UK
- David Nathan, a pleasure to meet
- All the other artists I saw and met, some were real special I don’t want to single anyone one
- All the other people I met and others who were there, time was short, my memorys getting old, but hit me up – One love
- Chanda Leigh for my favourite performance of the week, great to talk at length too on Saturday
- Everyone at STIR- E Period and Art on 5, that was some event, loved it.
- Lateece (formerly of Nuttin Nyce) and Stephanie for making me laugh, getting down4whateva – I’d youtube it if you’d let me!
Happy Autumn, family!
First off, I’m delighted to announce the birth of our son this summer, Zachariah Hawk, healthy, happy and ready to rock on with his mama & papa!
We also want to invite you to two upcoming shows you will not want to miss.
SATURDAY, SEPT 27, 2008 7.30pm
UPSOUTH INTL BOOK FESTIVAL @ MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE
208 West 118th bet St, Nicholas Ave/Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
Triple bill!! This night we share the stage with two incredible artists, poet Jessica Care Moore and BK’s own sista, vocalist Maya Azucena at the revamped Minton’s the home of Be-Bop.
UpSouth celebrates and promotes literary and artistic work by established and emerging international artists of color, particularly those underrepresented in mainstream media…great stories told in music, dance, film and books.
Band- Aaron Whitby – keys, Mike Campbell – guitar, Fred Cash – bass, Skoota Warner – drums, Keith Fluitt – vocals
FRIDAY, OCT 10, 2008 7pm
LE POISSON ROUGE opening for legendary activist/comedian DICK GREGORY
158 Bleecker St bet Sullivan/Thompson, Greenwich Village
Deeply honored to be opening act for the legendary civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory. This will be a trio show with Aaron Whitby on the piano and Robin Macatangay joining us on guitar. Our trio sets are intimate and wonderful giving our NYC listeners a chance to enjoy stripped down and raw versions of our songs. Please join us in our opening slot and also enjoy the rare opportunity to hear Dick Gregory in person- google him to learn more about this legend and book a ticket early.http://www.lepoissonrouge.com
Thanks for reading, see you soon!
Kindness & peace,
|DIVADOM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP NEWS|
|September. 17, 2008|
2nd Annual ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Event’ at the Sugar Bar
Domestic Violence Awareness month evolved from the first day of Unity observed in Oct, 1981 by the National Collation Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The day of unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at local, state, and national levels.www.ncadv.org
Icreeupree is an independent company made up primarily of women, who have been indirectly or directly affected by domestic violence. We have decided that it’s very crucial to take an affirmative stand by bringing the awareness of domestic to the music and entertainment communities. Icreepuree has reached out to singers, artists, musicians, book writers and TV hosts, to stress the importance of domestic violence on the night of October 17th 2008 at the Sugar Bar NYC.
The renowned Sugar Bar owned by the world’s famous Ashford & Simpson will help create the most idyllic atmosphere on the night of October 17th, 2008 our 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event, entitled “The 5 Sistah’s with Soul and Wisdom” is where Soul, Jazz, Improvisation and Wisdom will convene on stage to enlighten, educate and entertain with a focal purpose. Let us all gather together and fight this disease called domestic violence.
Featured artists includes:
Imessiah Soul – one of today’s most compelling, soul sea rching artists who aims to bring a new and natural swagger to the world of Neo-Soul a nd R&B. Ghanniyya Green – a well accomplished jazz vocalist known from New York to Japan. Abiola Abrams – A well accomplished film director, book writer and television show host, (Bet J, HBO, & NBC). Kennedy Williams-Benjamin – wife of Bronx assemblyman Michael Benjamin and author of “Processing Life’s Moments”: Therapy for the Soul: God, I Can Hear You, and Cikethia – bring to the stage Spoken Word/Improvisation.
For more info and pictures click the link below