Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:17

Dusty Springfield - A True Legend

 
Dusty Springfield was born in 1939 and christened Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien. She came from Scottish Irish decent and her brother Tom, and Tim Filed made up a folk trio called The Springfields. The singing group enjoyed tremendous international success with hits including 'Island of dreams' and "Silver threads and golden needles" At their height of success the trio took the unprecedented step of dissolving the group and in 1963, Dusty started her solo career with,
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:07

Frank Broughton – A DJ Saved His Life

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I’ve been trying in vain to write an article for ZANI for well over a year, I had several attempts at in depth journo type stuff only to fail miserably at the composition stage; the fault lay with the subject matter and not the author (phew). The problem was I had taken on a subject that I knew little or nothing about, did loads of “interweb” type browsing,
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Monday, 19 December 2011 20:35

Reggie King - The Ultimate Action Man RIP

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Like any other young mod in the early 80’s, I became mesmerised by The Action the moment I’d heard their version of The Marvellettes’ I’ll Keep Holding On at the first gigs and clubs I attended, and listened to older mods speaking in hushed tones about this seemingly mythical group from Kentish Town.  Getting the album The Ultimate Action seemed a necessity and from the moment it hit my turntable it very rarely left.  Having a recommendation from Paul Weller on the back no doubt helped shift a few copies but the music within those grooves would have left no-one in doubt as to how good they were.  I wanted to hear more and searched desperately for any snippet, picture or record by them.

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Sunday, 18 December 2011 15:34

Bobby Womack - Listen To The Poet

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There are many reasons why people wish to become musicians, creativity, money, respect, travel, and perhaps the most common is escape. Be it poverty, a mundane job or education, a sleepy suburban town, a loveless relationship, to name a few. Whilst creating their music and absconding, they meet like-minded people, who enhance their voyage into music. In addition,
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Sunday, 18 December 2011 13:52

Steve White The Eminent Man Speaks




It’s the early 80s, and it’s a hot idyllic sunny Sunday afternoon in southeast London.  A group of teenagers are togged up in Italian and French polo tops, sporting faded jeans and bright coloured cords, with an array of smart trainers and desert boots on their feet. They are in a relaxed frame of mind, as they swap anecdotes and jokes in a friend’s back garden.

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Sunday, 18 December 2011 13:42

The Brand New Heavies speak to ZANI



Starting a band is an electrifying experience for any budding musician.  A collection of like-minded individuals committed to their cause, to make music and for the world to listen.  As the exhilarating voyage unravels, their record collection becomes their mentor and their chosen instrument becomes their lover.  Soon the band embarks on an expedition in the hunt for success and personal fulfilment.

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Sunday, 18 December 2011 13:05

Sam Moore The Soul Man

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As Georges Bizet, the famous French composer once wrote, "music, what a splendid art. And what a sad profession." Bizet did not live long enough to see his operatic masterpiece ‘Carmen’ become a major success. The statement certainly rings true for Bizet, who died from angina, aged just 36.

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Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:06

A Short Biog of Otis Ray Redding, Jr

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Otis Redding Jr was born in 1941 in Dawson, Georgia. When he was three the family moved to Macon where his father was a minister. He grew up in the Tyndall Heights Housing Project young and learned to sing in the church choir. Otis became a member of a gospel group at school and learned to play the drums. His hero was Little Richard (Richard Penniman) and he soon learned to play piano doing impromtu impressions of Little Richard.

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Friday, 13 February 2015 16:20

A Brief History of Funk Music

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In the second half of the 1960s funk became a recognised musical genre, spearheaded with acts like James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone, the Meters, and Dyke & The Blazers the music became a dance craze popular with audiences tired of guitar solos and boogie rhythms.

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Monday, 02 February 2015 14:49

A Short Biog of Rod Stewart

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Roderick David Stewart was born on 10th January 1945 in Highgate, London. The youngest of the family, Rod has two older brothers and sisters. Apart from Mum who was a Cockney, father and Rod’s siblings were all born in Scotland. Rod was spoilt as the youngest but showed interest in singing and was very much influenced by Al Jolson.

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