We are delighted to be part of The Royal Albert Hall’s Summer of Love: Revisited programme, a series of talks, screenings and performances in the Elgar Room celebrating this pivotal moment of cultural history.

Classic Album Sundays will be hosting four amazing events each exploring a different part of the sixties counterculture movements.

For our second event we will be joined by the man behind Soul II Soul and much more Jazzie B.


Classic Album Sundays and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B on Revolutionary Soul and Ska

Classic Album Sundays’ Colleen Murphy and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B discuss how Black musicians and producers inspired new musical genres, and became entrepreneurs in the face of racial adversity. Music from these revolutionary artists will be played on vinyl on the CAS audiophile hi-fi featuring Audio Note UK and Klipschorns.

Featured artists and producers: James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, George Clinton, Berry Gordy, Sir Coxsone Dodd and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Soul II Soul was founded in North London in the late 80s and quickly grew to become one of the most important sound-systems in the country and the world, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Founder Jazzie B co-wrote and produced a series of tracks with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, produced artists such as Teena Marie and Cheryl Lynn. In 2008, Jazzie was awarded an OBE for services to music, by Her Majesty the Queen. In the same year, he was awarded the inaugural Ivor Novello Award for inspiration; when it was presented to Jazzie, the announcer described him as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”.

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Date: Tuesday 16th May

Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP