I'm a South Londoner now living in Sweden. I'm also a part-time DJ/ founder of Urbanlife Radio and co-founder of Scandinavian Soul. Music has always been my soundtrack to life and although I listen to everything, soul is always in my playlist.
They were right to refresh it.
A lick of paint, trendy exposed pipework, and the removal of most of the balcony has given the venue Fasching a more open spaced feel, and most importantly, the music room to breathe.
For those who have never been to Fasching, it's often compared to London's Ronnie Scotts and it's Stockholm's main venue for live jazz and soul events.
The new look was at least a positive surprise on my arrival, while news of the cancellation of the band I'd come to see, Ever Say Ever, wasn't. However, the evening at Fasching would still have a soulful flavour but with a much shorter review from me!
Taken from her debut album Come what May, Danish singer Kamilia Amélie releases the killer track 'Don't Need You' with a video produced while on her tour around Denmark.
With a undertone of reggae, and oozing coolness, Kamilia, who makes the cast of Mad Men look scruffy, clearly has all the makings of an artist on the rise to the top.
American singer LaGaylia Frazier came to Sweden in 2001, and quickly became known for her strong voluminous voice and her fierce energy.
LaGaylia's collaboration with Robert Wells in 'Rhapsody In Rock', TV appearances on Så Ska Det Låta, Körslaget etc., combined with performances in the Eurovision Song Contest and in the musical West Side Story, have brought her much admiration by many in Sweden, and the collaboration with the jazz group, The Jan Lundgren Trio, has drawn international attention.
I believe most people, if they had a house in the country, would wish for a swimming pool, a fully equipped gym or a home cinema room, but for Sebastian Broberg and his wife, Frida Anthin Broberg, their wish was to have a full size stage in their garden for a soul festival and two years later, here I am, dancing to funky horns in the cool night air!
It sounds like something I would dream of too, but dreaming and making it a reality are two different things.
'We are Sthlm' is a yearly event held in the center of Stockholm (Kungsträdgården), aimed at Sweden's under-18s.
It explains why, when the rain descended, the people who held umbrellas were noticeably older - clearly those who decide what to wear, and what to bring depending on the weather forecast rather than the carefree abandonment of chance young people have.
The artwork for the cover of Mama's Feast is actually quite intriguing.
The illustration shows Mariama bare-shouldered, looking smolderingly behind her. It's also designed with creases so it looks like a very neatly opened wrapping paper, perhaps representing that now the contents are being revealed. A very clever touch as having successfully teased us in November 2012 with a video clip from her single 'Money', it's exciting to finally get to enjoy it in its entirety as part of her new four-track EP (released Aug 5 2013).
One of the hardest working Scandinavian Soul singers, Marie Dahlstrom, takes a break and hands the creative keys over to you in an exciting remix competition.
Danish radio station, Radio Syndikatet, launched in January 2013, and SOUL OP!, hosted by DJ Jakob 'Gurrah' Schapira, in March 2013.
Soul OP! broadcasts the first Monday of every month, and is Denmarks only 100% dedicated voluntary Soul/R&B radio show.
The aim of the radio show is to promote Danish soul/R&B artists and provide them with another platform to showcase their music.
Recently highlighted by us as a band to look out for, now is the perfect chance to see Ever Say Ever live!
Popular Soul singer Marie Dahlstrom (DK) releases her new video for 'What's It Gonna Be', an excellent summer track with hints of a more pop undertone.