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Music: August 2013 Archives

Errol's Pick

Femi Abosede is a Nigerian-born musician who has been playing Afrobeat in Toronto for more than a decade. The music is a percussion and horn-heavy fusion of African rhythms, jazz, soul and funk and was pioneered by the political and controversial Nigerian legend Fela Kuti. Abosede and his band Culture Force perform at the Hot & Spicy Festival at Harbourfront Sunday night at 8 pm. This morning, our music columnist Errol Nazareth introduced us to the band and played selections from their CD, "No Compromise".

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Valerie June is a Tennessee-born, singer-songwriter who describes her sound as "organic moonshine roots music. "Pushin' Against A Stone", is the title of her debut CD which came out last week and our music columnist Errol Nazareth calls it the sound of an artist with a unique voice who is unafraid to mess with different musical traditions.

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Our music columnist, Errol Nazareth brought in "Elvis At Stax: Deluxe Edition", it is a 3-CD package featuring Elvis Presley's last studio sessions which were recorded at Stax, the legendary soul music studio in Memphis. Although it doesn't feature Elvis backed up by the famous house band at Stax that worked with artists like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers, it does contain some excellent soul, gospel and rockabilly performances. Elvis fanatics will probably invest in the box set - which features 54 tracks and a 42-page booklet - but casual fans would do well to get the more affordable single CD that's titled Elvis At Stax.

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