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Interview with DJ Chairman Mao

Interview with DJ Chairman Mao

Legendary DJ, journalist, and crate digging fiend Chairman Mao a.k.a Jeff Mao has graciously taken time out of his busy schedule to speak with Cultures of Soul about himself. Let’s start from the beginning. How did you get into collecting records? What kinds of records were you collecting at the beginning? What were some of your early digging spots in NYC? I started collecting records when I was a kid – like most other kids I knew did – just to keep up with new music that I liked. I bought whatever was on the radio, which in Boston meant...

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Interview with Peter Isaac of Jelly Jazz

Interview with Peter Isaac of Jelly Jazz

For the last 14 years Jelly Jazz has been keeping jazz funkers in Plymouth, England dancing on the ceilings. Jelly Jazz has been host too many great funk DJs and live performances including; Mr. Scruff, Keb Darge, Gilles Peterson, Tim ‘Love’ Lee, Ian Wright, Simon Goss. Ursula 1,000, Jazzanova, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Faze Action, The Five Corners Quintet, and The Bobby Hughes Experience. The club night originally started at the Quay Club on a Wednesday night but longtime resident DJs Peter Isaac and Griff are now moving the night to Fridays. To The Disco had the rare opportunity to...

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Original Black Sheep of the Family Live!

Original Black Sheep of the Family Live!

Mark your calendars for May 28th if you are in the New England area. Most of the original members of the Black Sheep of the Family are getting together for a one time live performance on May 28th at the Rosebud Bar and Grill in Davis Square. Featuring producer and mastermind behind the group, Bili Sparrow the group will be performing all of their “lost classics” and a few great covers. Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of the Original Black Sheep.  

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Original Black Sheep of the Family Master Tapes

Original Black Sheep of the Family Master Tapes

 With the cooperation of Bili Sparrow a.k.a. William Shaw we have been going through unreleased material from the Black Sheep of the Family circa ’76 to ’81. The Black Sheep of the Family is the second incarnation of the group with Mr. Shaw.  He was the only member from the original group. Bili was kind enough to let us borrow reel to reel tapes and tapes and I mean tapes! Below are  some pictures of them.          We got them transferred digitally and have been listening to the material to decide what are the right tracks to release...

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Interview with Ian Wright

Interview with Ian Wright

Legendary deep funk collector and DJ, Ian Wright was kind enough to sit down with us and answer some of our questions.  Let’s get started. How did you get into soul and funk music? How long have you been digging for records? How did you amass your amazing collection of deep funk? What have been some of your biggest digging finds? What rare deep funk records have been your discoveries? I got into soul and funk music in the ‘usual’ way, going out to nightclubs with my mates in the early to mid eighties, we were lucky to frequent the...

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