In the last part of the 1980s Soul II Soul added their name to the great repertoire of British music progressives. Intertwining cultures from Caribbean dub and reggae to West African drumbeats to American R&B and jazz, originator Jazzie B formed Soul II Soul as a setting for an assortment of artists to participate in acting in his recent trend of dance music. "We're not a band" Jazzie B told Steve Bloom in Rolling Stone, "we're a concept."
The Soul II Soul aggregate doesn't have a fixed lineup of artists or only one lead vocalist. The focal point of the group comes from the songwriting, creation, and game plans of Jazzie B and the adage: "A happy face, a thumpin' bass, for a loving race." "Soul II Soul is a trademark," Jazzie B disclosed to Robert Sandall in an issue of Rolling Stone. "The thought is that we cut the tracks and then include various artists and musicians."
Jazzie B was brought into the world in Great Britain after his folks had moved there from Antigua. He was taught at Holloway Boys Secondary School in London, England, and began experimenting as a DJ when he was 11 years of age. While in school, Jazzie B met performer Philip "Daddae" Harvey, and in 1982 they started arising dance club scene in England.
Under the name Soul II Soul, Harvey and Jazzie B gave sound systems and DJ work all through London. Ultimately they became prominent event coordinators and continued on to their own industrial raves held for the most part at the Paddington Dome, under the King's Cross arches in London. They started the "Funki Dred" way of life that joined British, Caribbean, African, and African American influence. By the mid-1980s Soul 11 Soul had opened their own store in Camden, London, where they sold clothes, sound hardware, and records. The shop immediately developed into a center for artists on the developing British black music scene.
Selected awards 1989’s Keep On Movin’ won three American Music awards, four British DMC Dance awards, three Soul Train awards, and received Grammy awards for the best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal for “Back to Life” and best R&B instrumental performance for “African Dance.”
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