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.
In 2007, Mary's Mine (Maria Friberg) put some demos on her Myspace page. Shortly after that she was contacted and signed up by the successful Sundae Soul Recordings record company, who released a vinyl version of her single Marvin. It sold out within three months. Now, with an excellent new single Another Day due out in May, we thought it was about time we found out more about this petite Swedish soul singer.
For those who don’t already know, every Sunday I DJ for Urbanlife Radio under the name Mr.C. The show is a mix of Scandinavian Soul and Rare Groove. So, you can imagine my surprise – and delight – when I heard that Danish group Quadron is working with one of the icons of Rare Groove: 72-year-old American legend Leon Ware. The result is magic.
Denmark seems to be producing a stream of soul talent, a prime example is newcomer Bashir Billow Khalid (BILLOW) who has exploded onto the Scandinavian soul music scene with a stunning debut recording coupled with a cool video. The single, 'Mental Picture', does everything right, musically as well as visually. Could this be the first summer hit of 2012?
During an English lesson at school, I remember my teacher telling us to avoid using the word ‘nice’, as there was a multitude of other adjectives to use instead. Well, she had better have her red pen handy, as I’m about to use it a lot!
Sunday (8th April 2012) saw the release of Swedish singer Klara Kazmi's new single – NICE, and it’s as good as the title says!
Bursting on to the music scene, Barbara Moleko debut video hits you with pure rhythmic energy, charisma and attitude.
If you ever owned a night club what would it be called?
The Soul Den?
Movers Nite Club?
In the beginning of our quest to finding all the best soul sounds in Scandinavian I found the wonderfully named 'Chicken Grease Soul Club' in Denmark. The artists names on their flyers are already listed on ScandinavianSoul.com as ones to look out for and I was eagar to discover more about the person, or group, behind the club, so I spoke to Nana Rashid Jensen to find out more...