James Henry Cotton was born in Tunica, Mississippi in 1935. He was the youngest of eight and grew up in the cotton fields working beside his mother, Hattie, and father, Mose.
Published in Music
Sunday, 12 March 2017 13:05

A Short History of Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth "Shug" Nevills was born in 1893 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to a musical family.
Published in Music
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:56

A Close Encounter with Nina Simone

Eunice Kathleen 'Nina Simone' Waymon (Born: February 21, 1933, Tryon, North Carolina, United States - Died: April 21, 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, France), was one of the most original and unique singers of any race to come out of the USA.
Published in Music
Monday, 24 October 2016 15:51

Jazz, Blues And Really Good Views

In this time of  technological explosion, and the digital age, the way we all like our pleasures, is on demand.
Published in Film


U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.
Published in Video of the Week
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:56

The Devil– Does He Have All The Best Tunes ?

“The Devil Should Not Have All The Best Tunes” – The Reverend Rowland Hill, Pastor Of Surrey Chapel, London, 1884
Published in Music
The August Bank Holiday weekend sees another year for Rugby's charity raising event, The Pig and Applestock Festival; now in it's impressive fifth year (and which has raised almost £10,000 for the Leicestershire MS Therapy Centre.) ZANI caught up with festival organiser, Nick Hargreaves, to talk festivals, bands and great community spirit.
Published in Music
Monday, 07 March 2016 14:38

A Brief History of Manfred Mann


The band formed in 1963, after Manfred Mann met Mike Hugg at a Bultin’s Holiday Camp in Clacton (UK).
Published in Music
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:47

Blues Legends Part 1 - The Little Walter Story


Little Walter was born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville, Louisiana on the 1st of May 1930.
Published in Music
Leonard (1917-1969) and Phil Chess (1921- ) were two young Jewish immigrants from Poland. In the late 20s they started in the liquor business and soon owned a night club and several bars in Chicago's Southside.
Published in Music
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ZANI was conceived in late 2008 and the fan base gradually grew by word of mouth. Key contributors came from those of the music, film and fashion industry and the voice of ZANI grew louder. So, when in 2013 investor, contributor and fan of ZANI Alan McGee* offered his support to help restyle and relaunch the site it was inevitable that traffic would increase dramatically and continues to grow. *Alan McGee co-founder of Creation Records and new label 359 Music..

 

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