Come rain or shine the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival will be in full swing all weekend long, mainly since its attendees have a summer spirit that seems to be unbreakable.
This year we welcome as headliner the living legend herself, ten time grammy winner, with a tidy 22 albums under her belt, the one and only, Chaka Khan.
Chaka Khan is a true Renaissance Woman. A singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother, Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists and continues to do so. From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence set her apart from any other singer, and during her 40-year career, she has developed a vast international fan base and performed on six continents.
Living for a time in London and Germany, she currently resides in Los Angeles. She has two children, Indira Milini and Damien. Her life and career are chronicled in her autobiography, Through the Fire, which was published by Rodale Books in 2003 and is currently being updated for re-release and adapted into a screenplay.
“Walking through life really is walking through fire” – Chaka Khan
The rest of this year’s line up continues determinedly on its jaw dropping course with hip-hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang returning with Melle Mel and Scorpio. Need I remind you that they brought an entire genre into the global limelight and inspired young poets around the world to add a drumbeat to their struggles and help them find a way through?
St Paul and The Broken Bones, hailing from Birmingham Alabama, are proof that soul power is a tangible resource; it is pure dance fuel. There’s only one way to discover why Rosanne Cash (Johnny Cash’s daughter) tweeted, “I have seen the future of music and the name of the band is St. Paul & the Broken Bones.” Let’s just hope they’re aware this gig is in Birmingham UK…
As always the stunning lineup and good vibes are accompanied by fantastic street food, cocktails, beers, ales and everything you could need on a jazzy, funky, soulful kind of weekend.
To purchase tickets and /or see the full lineup go to: www.mostlyjazz.co.uk