28 February 2010
Last but certainly not least is someone widely known as the hardest working man in show business. This basically means if you've been a fond of any entertainer in the music business over the last 40 years (Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Madonna to name a few), they are in James Brown's family tree. And he's obviously the Patriarch. No questions asked.
And if you like me was raised on 80's and 90's hip hop, James Brown alone was a crucial element to the movement, as he was the go-to artist for producers who wanted to incorporate soul and funk to the young genre. The rappers themselves did more than a decent job of introducing a new generation of fans to the James Brown catalogue, all the while maintaining his popularity on the pop music landscape.
Sadly, we lost him on Christmas day of 2006 but his legacy continues to live on through his fans, old, new and even those that aren't his fans as of yet.
26 February 2010
23 February 2010
What can I say? I love women in hats. And the floppier, the better. I actually wouldn't mind wearing the floppy number when the weather warms up but can't help that I'll always be reminded of John Lennon in his "Mind Games" video (circa '74), looking cool as ever. A second reminder would be of finding a floppy hat masculine enough to pull off and one that will fit my head properly.
19 February 2010
"Sewn From the Soul is an online editorial project brought to light by seven friends who have all collaborated together in order to see a bigger picture; ultimately meshing and intertwining Style and History. History is important as it gives us the ability to trace back what has occurred previously to help us better direct ourselves to the future. Style contributes to one’s overall character and truly dictates our persona in everything that surrounds us. We all contributed our individual style to this editorial and used a primarily monochromatic palette to assist the Black History Month theme."
As stated in the above quote, 'Sewn From The Soul' was a small homage to Black History Month, spearheaded by Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette and James Field of Black Nouveau.
Truly and easily one of the single most important events of my young 26 years, when Joshua rang me up early last month, proposing this project, he really didn't have to say much to get me on board. It wasn't until the days leading up to and during the shoot that I realised how important and influential this project could potentially turn out. Already 4 days after it's release and to see it celebrated by the likes of GQ, Refinery 29, and a modestly known rapper named Common, only shows that Black History Month still matters, especially to our very young generation.
Finally, I simply cannot give enough credit to the man who shot this, Alejandro Perez. People will recognise your talent and I may wish upon you a swarm of email, texts, phone calls (even tweets!) from companies awaiting your services.
15 February 2010
14 February 2010
And who better to provide the soundtrack for today (aside from Al Green) than the troubled legend Marvin Gaye? Nearly 26 years removed from his death and we're still trying to figure out how we lost him so soon.
12 February 2010
07 February 2010
Each sunday for this month of February, I will present a classic clip from four musicians, vital not only to Black music but the world of modern popular music as we know it. I hope you can imagine taking on the task of choosing only four to represent this month and to those I haven't picked, it certainly doesn't take away from their respective contributions to this thing we call music. First up to bat is a man who needs little introduction, the fabulous Reverend Al Green.