Superstar duets include Mary J. Blige on “You Make Me Feel Brand New”and

Jennifer Hudson on “Let It Be Me”

Stevie Wonder Accompanies Rod on Harmonica on His Very Own Massive Hit
“My Cherie Amour”

Smokey Robinson Guests on One of His Signature Songs “Tracks of My Tears”

(September 29, 2009 – New York) Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart will be releasing SOULBOOK on October 27th (J Records), a collection of classic Sixties/Seventies-era soul favorites, all newly recorded by the quintessential “blue eyed soul” singer of our generation. Rod Stewart possesses one of the most distinctive and interpretive voices in music — his Grammy-Award winning recordings of the Great American Songbook have sold over 19 million albums and is the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history. With the same passion, Rod approaches some of the greatest soul songs ever written.

Rod recently said in Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Singers of All Time” issue that at the age of 15, he used to listen to soul singers on the radio like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, and blues singers like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, and knew that is how he wanted to sing. Elton John said “Bar none, Rod’s the best singer I’ve heard in rock ‘n’ roll. He’s also the greatest white soul singer” and in 2006, James Brown called Stewart “the best white soul singer.” Comments Rod Stewart:

“This is the album I’ve waited my whole lifetime to record. These are the songs that I’ve danced to, made love to, cried to and yes, even fell on the floor to as a young man in the infancy of my career. These songs and singers were the oxygen that fueled my passion to sing. When I was a skinny, cocky, all-mouth and trousers teenager living in North London without two pennies to rub together, I discovered the artistry of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops and so many more. They were my Gods and my heroes.”

The album features two stunning superstar duets, one with Mary J. Blige joining Rod on the Stylistics’ 70s hit “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and the other with Jennifer Hudson on “Let It Be Me,” inspired by the Jerry Butler/Betty Everett duet. In addition, soul great Smokey Robinson guests on “Tracks of My Tears” which he made famous as a member of the Miracles who recorded that track in 1965, and musical giant Stevie Wonder accompanies Rod on harmonica on his massive 1969 hit “My Cherie Amour.”

Album producers include Stewart’s longtime collaborator Steve Tyrell who worked with Rod on his Grammy award-winning Songbook series, and joining Rod for the first time is Grammy/Emmy award-winning producer Steve Jordan (Keith Richards, John Mayer) who bring legendarymusicians into the studio including Motown players Bob Babbitt and George Bohannen, Memphis legends Willy Mitchell, Charles Hodges, Wayne Jackson and Jack Hale. Additional musical heavyweights include Ray Parker, Jr., Dean Parks, Waddy Wachtel, Darryl Jones, Leland Sklar, David Paich, Greg Phillinganes, Michael Bearden, Tom Scott, Chuck Finley, Ricky Lawson, many of whom played on the original recordings of these classic songs.

Recorded this summer and engineered by Al Schmitt, Sam Cooke’s original producer/engineer, along with Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Keith Richards) and Bill Schnee (Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight), the album features Rod singing great landmark tracks such as “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” (originally performed by The Miracles) , “Wonderful World” (Sam Cooke) “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” (Jimmy Ruffin), “Tracks of My Tears” (The Miracles),” “My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder),” “Just My Imagination” (The Temptations), “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher” (Jackie Wilson),”It’s The Same Old Song” (The Four Tops), “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (Harold Melvin and & Blue Notes), and “Love Train” (O’Jays). Find a complete track listing below.

With an estimated 250 million in album and single sales, Rod Stewart is one of the most successful performers of all time. A Grammy-Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook series has been a record-breaking success. In 2006, he released Still The Same, Great Rock Classics of Our Time, his first rock album in over eight years, which entered the charts at #1. He has sold out concerts across the globe and his last 5 studio albums have held the top spots on the Billboard charts. Rod spent this summer recording the album and criss-crossing the country on a 20 city North American tour.

Soulbook – Track Listing

“It’s The Same Old Song”

“My Cherie Amour” (Featuring Stevie Wonder)

“You Make Me Feel Brand New” (Duet with Mary J. Blige”)

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher”

“Tracks Of My Tears” (Featuring Smokey Robinson”)

“Let It Be Me” (Duet with Jennifer Hudson”)

“Rainy Night In Georgia”

“What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”

“Love Train”

“You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”

“Wonderful World”

“If You Don’t Know Me By Now”

“Just My Imagination”

Sipho Mabuse Top 5 for Femina magazine October 2009

Wow, what a task! Only five songs?!

Well let’s see what I feel are essential tracks and why…

Solomon Linde’s “Mbube” – This is an absolute classic song as it defines and sums up beautifully in song just what South African music is.

Juluka’s “Scatterings of Africa” – This wonderful song profiles the continent as the cradle of mankind. Johnny Clegg is a living legend and this track is a shining example of just why that is.

Bright Blue’s “Weeping” – This is very emotional and spiritual song that gave us all hope during the dark days of apartheid.

Basil Coetzee’s “Mannenberg” – There is no better example of what a true township song is than this gem.

Thandiswa Mazwai’s “Nizalwa Ngobani” – In highlighting the identity crisis of the lost generation of young South Africans, not only is this song beautiful to hear, but even more importantly it helps the listener understand and respect the realities of a country undergoing immense change – powerful stuff indeed.

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Sipho Mabuse

U2 larger than life at Giants Stadium

U2 larger than life at Giants Stadium

Giants Stadium opened in 1976, the same year that four Dublin teenagers named Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. began playing music together. Hewson became Bono, Evans became the Edge, and the band became U2. On Wednesday night, they presented the biggest concert — as well as one of the last ones — in Giants Stadium history.

More than 82,000 tickets were sold for the show, which benefited from unseasonably warm weather. U2’s Sept. 24 concert at Giants Stadium wasn’t just the biggest concert in the stadium’s history, but its biggest event of any kind. It drew 84,472, beating out the 82,948 who attended Pope John Paul II’s appearance there in 1995.

Spotlights above the tower pointed straight up, reaching toward the sky, during “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight,” and Bono wore a jacket with built-in lasers during “Ultraviolet (Light My Way).” But as dazzling as the special effects and the stage were, musically it was a no-nonsense show. The Edge (guitar), Clayton (bass) and Mullen (drums) played their parts with power and precision, and no wasted notes, and Bono, at 49, still came across like an rambunctious kid, ready to change the world.

The setlist mixed classics like “New Year’s Day,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “With Or Without You” and “One” with newer hits, tracks from the band’s March album “No Line On the Horizon,” and occasional surprises.

In honor of Bruce Springsteen’s 60th birthday, which the Boss celebrated on Wednesday, the band performed his “She’s the One” — with frontman Bono changing the title phrase to “he’s the one” — and segued from it to “Desire,” which has the same Bo Diddley beat.

“Excuse us, Bruce,” Bono said at the end of this sloppy but spirited medley.

Bono also urged the crowd to sing along, during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” by saying, “Sing it for the Boss.”

In honor of Quincy Jones, who was in attendance, Bono sang a portion of the Michael Jackson hit “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” (which Jones produced) during “Beautiful Day.”

The band started with three “Horizon” songs, including two (“Breathe” and “Get On Your Boots”) where Bono spat out lyrics in staccato, almost rap-like cadences. The first older song they did, a funky take on “Mysterious Ways,” generated a huge crowd response.

The show’s most intimate number was a sweet, gentle “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of,” performed as a duet by Bono and the Edge (playing an acoustic guitar and singing falsetto).

Mullen ventured out from behind his drum kit to stroll around the walkway, playing an African djembe drum, during “Vertigo.” And Bono pulled a boy out of the audience and ran a lap with him during “City of Blinding Lights.” For the line, “Can you see the beauty inside of me?,” he dropped to one knee and looked into the boy’s eyes as he sang.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave an inspirational speech, via video, at the start of the encores, and the always outspoken Bono spoke about several political issues. “Walk On” became a tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, who was elected prime minister in 1990, but was prevented from taking power by a military junta, and is currently living under house arrest.

At the end of the song, approximately 70 volunteers walked onto the stage, holding photos of her over their faces.

U2 has played at Giants Stadium before, but will never appear there again. The stadium will be replaced by a new stadium that is being built next to it, and will open next year. The stadium’s last series of concerts — five by Springsteen and his E Street Band — begins on Wednesday.

Here is the setlist:



“Get On Your Boots”

“Mysterious Ways”

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

“She’s The One”/”Desire”


“Your Blue Room”

“Beautiful Day”

“No Line on the Horizon”

“New Year’s Day”

“Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”

“The Unforgettable Fire”

“City Of Blinding Lights”


“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”

“Sunday Bloody Sunday”


“Walk On”



“Amazing Grace”/”Where the Streets Have No Name”

“Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”

“With Or Without You”

“Moment of Surrender”


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· Multi-award winning songstress, Lira has earned both the critical acclaim of industry experts and the trust of a valuable and loyal fan base since her platinum selling album FEEL GOOD (2006). Lira’s second successful Sony release, SOUL IN MIND (2008) has surpassed gold sales status, and “Makubenjalo” is the latest single currently climbing the charts.

· “Live In Concert – A Celebration” is Lira’s first live concert performance to be made available on CD (release date: 5 Oct) and DVD (release date: 9 Nov). The performance was recorded live at Carnival City on 21 August 2009 and sees Lira raising the bar of perfection to new heights.

· The live audio CD will be stickered with details pertaining to the DVD release in November and will also include exclusive bonus tracks. The first bonus track is a remix of “Believer (Jazzworx Remix)” planned to explode for the first time on radio in September. The second bonus track is the remix that earned Lira a South African Music Award for Best Remix, “Feel Good (Jazzworx Remix)”.

· This mix of both live audio recordings and remixed tracks is unique to the audio CD release. The flow from the one to the other is flawless and complementary as they live well together on this album.

Acclaimed South African troubadour Vusi Mahlasela has been a busy man!

Acclaimed South African troubadour Vusi Mahlasela has been a busy man!

Mamelodi’s favorite globetrotting minstrel has recently been wowing local audiences with appearances at the annual Joy Of Jazz and Oppikoppi Festivals. Vusi also received warm receptions – and glowing reviews – when he teamed with fellow African music stars, Mali’s Habib Koite and Dobet Gnahore from Côte d’Ivoire, for a whirlwind Acoustic Africa Southern African tour in August.

Vusi is also featured on the recently released ‘Playing For Change – Songs Around The World’ CD/DVD project (, and in June Vusi also made his debut at the Glastonbury Festival as part of this project’s appearance at the legendary event. Vusi also lends his vocal talents to the ‘Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales’ audio book charity project, which features the voice work of superstars Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Samuel L. Jackson and Helen Mirren amongst others. A long time 46664 campaign ambassador, in July Vusi participated in the global launch concert of the ‘Mandela Day’ iniative, playing in New York alongside many US industry luminaries such as Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean.

to make people laugh, though that can sometimes be difficult to translate.”

From humble beginnings in Mamelodi (where he still resides), Vusi has been steadily winning over legions of fans across the globe for almost two decades. Now, his loyal South African followers will get to better understand Vusi’s chosen career path and musical background;

Vusi forms the subject of an upcoming episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, the locally produced version of the hit BBC series of the same name. Exploring both his paternal and maternal roots, Vusi found the filming process deeply emotional and significant, and viewers will now be able to come along for this amazing – at times spiritual – journey. The broadcast will be particularly poignant as Vusi’s Grandmother Ida – who single handedly raised him from the age of fourteen – passed away shortly after filming wrapped. The show is dedicated to her memory. Vusi’s episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ will be featured on SABC2 at 9m on Sunday 13th September.

Looking forward, the man fans love to call ‘The Voice’ is set to perform at the 15th birthday celebrations of The Bassline, taking place at the Newtown venue on Saturday 12th September. In December 2009 Vusi will record a new album – his eighth – with legendary US blues/folk guitarist Keb’ ‘Mo in all likelihood handling the production duties. Watch this space ….

Paloma faith – this is cool


“With huge ‘Don’t Kill Bambi’ eyes and Beat-Girl insouciance issuing from Betty Page lips, Paloma Faith is a born performer” i-D magazine

“My early performances were David Lynch meets William Blake at the circus”. Paloma Faith.

The inexorable rise of PALOMA FAITH took a sudden vault forward recently with the news that her debut single “Stone Cold Sober” had been brought forward a month because UK radio had leapt on it with such fervour that they quite literally couldn’t be stopped from playing it.

Originally scheduled for release in July, the single’s new release date of June 15 reflects the fact that we have a major new star in our midst, one who will help confound our expectations of what being a pop star in our celebrity obsessed culture has to involve.

You can see it at any Paloma Faith live event. The audience dress up and already know the words to all the songs, even though most of the songs won’t make it to CD until the autumn. The stage is immaculately dressed by Paloma to reflect her highly tuned visual sensibility. She might emerge sporting a huge feather plume, a variation on the showgirl, but one who takes her influences from a vast knowledge of film and theatrical culture. An acute sense of dynamic and drama punctuate the show, enhancing songs that draw on musical influences as diverse as Billie Holiday, Etta James, P J Harvey and Edith Piaf. Yet this is no arcane performance – this is something that could easily touch huge crowds in stadiums, so universal are the songs.

Born in Hackney, London, Paloma Faith is half Spanish and half British.

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As an ex magician’s assistant, trained contemporary dancer, St Martin’s alumni with an MA in theatre direction, a performer in burlesque shows, and an actress, Paloma has been mixing artistic media throughout her short adult life. A few years ago she introduced music, her primary love, into the equation, at first mimicking the blues and soul singers she so admired, but eventually finding her own voice.

It is this extraordinary voice and persona that you can hear for the first time when her debut single “Stone Cold Sober” is released by Epic on June 15.

Some random facts about Paloma Faith:

She appears in the new Terry Gilliam film “The Imagination of Dr Parnassus”.

She has a track on the forthcoming Basement Jaxx album.

When she was a magician’s assistant she would be sawn in half onstage.

She began singing in cabaret and burlesque clubs.

She appeared in the St Trinian’s film as Andrea the Emo.

Paloma once appeared as a live ghost on a ghost train ride at the funfair.

She once joked about slumming it at festivals – “Anywhere you can’t wear stilettos just isn’t worth going”.

She once worked as an assistant in Agent Provocateur.

She loves David Lynch and Tim Burton.

. Her debut album “Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?” will be released later this year.

“There are a lot of new pop girls waiting in the wings, but this one’s success seems assured”. The Guardian.

“Keep your ears open for Paloma Faith. Her debut single “Stone Cold Sober” is magnificent. She is going to be big” The Sun

Here is where the Paloma Faith story really begins….

Foo Fighters Greatest Hits, out November 3 on Roswell/RCA. read more



With 15 years, 6 platinum-plus albums and as many Grammys under their collective belt (not to mention sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, Madison Square Garden and the L.A. Forum), Foo Fighters will soon mark off yet another milestone in their ascension to quintessential American rock godhood: The band will release its first ever greatest hits compilation, the brilliantly titled Foo Fighters Greatest Hits, out November 3 on Roswell/RCA.

As ever, core Foo Fighters Dave Grohl (vocals/guitar), Taylor Hawkins (drums/vocals), Nate Mendel (bass) and Chris Shiflett (guitar) were not satisfied simply to compile a mixtape of the international smashes that have littered their mantle pieces with platinum plaques and golden statuettes and filled arenas and stadiums the world over: Foo Fighters Greatest Hits will feature two brand new tracks­ “Wheels,” which made its live debut at President Obama and the USO¹s July 4 barbeque at the White House honoring military heroes, and “Word Forward” ­both recorded especially for this collection at the band’s own fabled 606 studio complex with producer Butch Vig. The new tracks not only hold their own and then some ­alongside individual Grammy winners “The Pretender,” “All My Life” and “Learn To Fly” and perennial Foo favorites “Best Of You,” “Times Like These,” “My Hero,” “Everlong” and more, they both round out an overview of Foo Fighters’ illustrious output to date and hint at future peaks yet to be charted.

For those unfamiliar with the musical genre known as rock n roll, Foo Fighters debuted with the 1995 album of the same name. The band¹s second record, the double-platinum The Colour & The Shape, was originally issued in

1997 and since reissued in a deluxe 10th anniversary edition. The third and fourth Foo Fighters albums, There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999) and One By One (2002), won consecutive Best Rock Album Grammy awards. In 2005, Foo Fighters celebrated the band¹s 10-year anniversary with the two-disc In Your Honor, which was followed by the intimate 2006 acoustically augmented theater tour documented on the Skin + Bones album and DVD. The most recent Foo Fighters studio album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was released in 2007, setting the iTunes UK record for first week sales, earning the Foos their third Best Rock Album Grammy and sixth overall, and sweeping the Brit Awards’ top international categories. The tour supporting ESP&G climaxed with the band¹s biggest ever headline engagement, a two-night stand at London¹s Wembley Stadium attended by 165,000 fans setting the venue’s two-night attendance record ­and immortalized on the 18-song Foo Fighters: Live At Wembley Stadium DVD.

At the now historic Wembley shows, Grohl asked the crowd “How did this band get so f***ing big?” On November 3, Foo Fighters Greatest Hits will explain.

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Foo Fighters

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