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Issue No. 2391

Music to claim the dole by: Give The People What They Want by Sharon Jones and I'm Tryin' by DeRobert and the Half Truths

Rarely has the screamed call “Retreat” been a rallying battle cry.

But soul singer Sharon Jones opens her latest album with one, and it soon becomes clear that she is addressing the cancer she is now in remission with.

The album is packed with customary high-octane vocals, super-heavy horns and right on politics.

Readers will doubtless love tracks including We Get Along and People Don’t Get What They Deserve.

The crisis for working class America also forms part of the backdrop to Nashville soul boy DeRobert’s latest album. 

While offering himself to prospective partners he’s keen to emphasise that, despite having two jobs, he still has some get up and go.

But perhaps DeRobert didn’t manage the job juggling so well because The Dole pt.2 is the standout track.

Rarely has claiming benefits sounded so funky.


Give The People What They Want by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Daptone Records and I’m Tryin’ by DeRobert and the Half-Truths, Ged Soul Records are out now

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Don't miss classic tale of colonial Trinidad

Errol John’s classic 1953 play about life in a Port of Spain barrack yard in colonial Trinidad is currently on tour with the Talawa Theatre Company.

Do not miss the opportunity to catch an outstanding production of this portrayal of the stifling nature of colonial society in the Caribbean.

The resulting tensions and frustrations are all bubbling away, intermingled with the hopes and dreams of people for a freedom seemingly indefinitely deferred.  

Christian Hogsbjerg

Moon on a rainbow shawl, written by Errol John, directed by Michael Buffong, Talawa theatre company. On tour until 4 April.

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Tue 18 Feb 2014, 16:43 GMT
Issue No. 2391
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