Laurneá on #RhythmBeSoul 17/11/2018

This weekend 17th November 2018 on #RhythmBeSoul I featured an interview with the mind blowing singer Laurneá aka Laurnea Wilkerson.

Replay the whole show including the interview here now via this mixcloud player:

Check out some of her music videos and recent releases here and be sure to tune in or check back here for the show and interview.

▶Davina Oriakhi interview film

Watch highlights of my interview with Soul singer and song writer Davina Oriakhi at the Sugahill Cafe in Sydenham beautifully filmed and edited by YouTube channel Future Mercatoria.

The full interview was aired during the #RhythmBeSoul show on Behind A Groove Radio on Sat 27th October 2018.

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▶Davina Oriakhi on #RhythmBeSoul 27/10/2018

#RhythmBeSoul 27/10/2018

Davina Oriakhi is a unique multi-genre artiste from London and Nigeria. Since the release of her debut album Love to a Mortal in 2017 her music has been a regular feature on the #RhythmBeSoul show. Her vocal drops singing the name of the show and more have laced every weeks show with her unique flava.
So it was a great joy to meet up with Davina at Sugahill Cafe in Sydenham for an interview. The full interview was broadcast on Sat 27th October on the #RhythmBeSoul show 10pm-12am on

Now available to replay here and on mixcloud:

Video footage filmed and edited by Future Mercatoria is now available here
You can also check out Davina’s website and stream her music below.

▶Eshe Escoffery Interview

Watch highlights of my interview with Soul singer and song writer Eshe Escoffery at the Sugahill Cafe in Sydenham filmed by YouTube channel Future Mercatoria – Create – Innovate – Cultivate.

Patriq James Interview

An interview (exclusive to the UK) with the amazing Patriq James (singer/actor/dancer/writer/director) from Nashville USA will be broadcast on #RhythmBeSoul on both UniqueVibez and Behind A Groove week commencing 16th July 2018!

Raheem DeVaughn @TheJazzCafe 26 June 2018

What can I say? Raheem DeVaughn blew us away. The live performance from #theloveking was wonderful. It was soulful, it was deep, engaging, exciting and he was simply amazing.

He treated us to tracks from each of his many albums. He had support from Wes Felton (the other half of their dual act The Crossrhodes, whose awesome album Footprints on the Moon was out in 2017).

As with all the best soul artists Raheem DeVaughn had the crowd singing along and creating unique call and response soul vibez.

Be in no doubt Raheem DeVaughn is a SOUL LEGEND!!

The warm up act Xamvolo was super cool too and a perfect warm up for Raheem DeVaughn. I will definitely be looking out for new music by this up and coming UK soul artist. You can follow him @xamvolo on Twitter.

Follow @Raheem_DeVaughn on Twitter and Instagram and check out his fantastic new single “Don’t Come Easy”.


J. Cole’s new album KOD is seriously deep, it’s personal, it’s intelligent and poignant. And the lyrics are pure fire. Much as you would expect from J. Cole!
The title track, standing for Kids On Drugs is on point. Its a theme about addiction that runs throughout the album and is a highly relevant topic for US audiences and beyond and is personal to J. Cole. The whole album is on point. My favourite tracks are Brackets and 1985. Even the outro Window Pain is an outstanding full length track.

You can stream the album here:

Rebellion Rises

Rebellion Rises, Ziggy’s seventh full length solo studio album was released on May 18th 2018. Encouraging people to stand together in activism through love, Ziggy has produced a fantastic album with track after track of pumping basslines, classic reggae vocals and deep lyrics.
From ‘See Dem Fake Leaders’ through to ‘Rebellion Rises’ Ziggy produces quality throughout.
My favourite track is ‘I Am a Human’. Its not for the melody, the vocals, the rhythm nor the bass. There are numerous better tracks for that, but it’s for the simple message which may be so obvious but nevertheless needs to be heard. “I am a human… I’m not a what. I’m a who.”
Links to the album on various platforms are on Ziggy’s website Check it!

Dreamin’ out loud

Following his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Return of the Cool’ in 2017, Nick Grant has just released a second album Dreaming Out Loud (released 18 May 2018).
Continuing his mission to preserve the culture Nick Grant delivers another excellent album with this mixtape, which features appearances from: BJ The Chicago Kid making a soulful introduction to the album; DJ Khaled slapping down the brilliant Muhammad Ali inspired HipHop anthem Nicky Bomaye; DRAM on the summertime head-nodding track Gucci Plug; Stacy Barthe on the soulful ode, Black Woman; and B.Hess delivering soulful vocals on the jazzy Gentleman’s Paradise.
One of my favourite tracks on the album is Father Figure with its very personal lyrics. 96 Bulls is also very cool.

Links to the album on all major streaming and download platforms can be found on Nick’s website. Check it.