Larry Graham & Graham Central Station play London Jazz Cafe, March 10-12th

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Funk legend and bass pioneer Larry Graham rides into London town with his backing band Graham Central Station for a trio of hotly anticipated performances at Camden's Jazz Café on March 10, 11 and 12th, guaranteed to raise the roof off the illustrious UK venue. Read more

Mary J. Blige f/ Jermaine Dupri - "Everyday People 2012" | New Music

Mary J. Blige and Jermaine Dupri give the classic Sly and The Family Stone/Arrested Development hits a melodic revamp with their brand new version of "Everyday People" for 2012, co-produced by Bryan-Michael Cox. Read more

The Family Stone: "It won’t get any better than this” | Interview

With careers spanning over 40 years, Sly and the Family Stone have become undoubtedly one of the most influential, game-changing bands to have graced the world of music.  Chart-topping singles such as “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, and groundbreaking albums such as Stand (1969) and There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971), are all arguably so innovative that they were decades, centuries, thousands of light-years ahead of their time.  Sly and the Family Stone were simply masters of feel-good music that traversed and fused many genres together.  Sadly, tensions within the band got the better of the members, causing them to split and go their separate ways.

However fear not, The Family Stone are back with a 2011 worldwide tour.  And not only are three of the original, founding members are together, but they’ve added some new folks to their family unit.  Founding members include Jerry Martini on Sax, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cynthia Robinson on trumpet, and fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and R&B Pioneer Award recipient Greg Errico on drums.  The new additions are Trina Johnson on vocals, Blaise Sison on bass, Nate Wingfield on guitar, and taking the empty chair of Sly Stone is Alex Davis on lead vocals and keyboard.

Late at night on September 6  Philip Javens caught up with The Family Stone in their dressing room at Ronnie Scott’s in London to talk about their legacy, their purpose and influence as a band, their relationship with Sly, Cynthia’s advice, Jimi Hendrix, their love for London, the future for The Family Stone, some Glastonbury Festival 2013 performance talk, and the possibility for a family reunion...
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Afrika Bambaataa talks DJing, Funk, James Brown, Fela Kuti & George Clinton [Video]

Hip Hop journalist Davey D recently sat down with the legendary DJ, icon, Hip Hop pioneer, Afrika Bambaataa to talk about DJing, funk music, his legacy and the importance of music pioneers James Brown, Fela Kuti and George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Nicknamed "master of records" for his extensive music collection full of obscure delights, Bambaataa recalls giving back in the day Blues & Soul magazine a list of recommended records, sparking a wave of crate-digging culture among DJs, and highlights essentials Herman Kelly's "Dance To The Drummer's Beat," "Jam On The Groove" by Ralph MacDonald - "and everything James Brown," expanding on his admiration for the soul and funk legend, whom Afrika was "the first in Hip Hop" to perform with.

In the interview, which you can watch below, he also gives some international music recommendations and talks about first getting into "the James Brown of Africa," Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti whilst visiting Nigeria in 1975, and discusses the importance of Funk and its relationship with Hip Hop.Read more