Rebel Soul: Part 2

Having blown away the attendant crowd of four hundred, sweaty dancing bodies, all left grinning like labotomy out-patients; last month’s inaugural Rebel Soul event in Leeds, was nothing more than a slice of solid fried gold. If you missed it after we warned you not to, you are an unforgivable botcher but since we are all about the benefit-of-the-doubt here at JAM, we’ll let you can read about it here   … as long as you don’t cock it up again!

More importantly however, this Friday sees your chance to return to the dancefloor present itself like a bitch in heat, with instalment de deux rearing its head at The Wardrobe’s Basement Club. Stop Motion Trio who appear to be (deservedly) setting themselves as the Rebel Soul houseband, will be kicking off proceedings with their complex and inimitable, leftfield Jazz mash-up. Also on the line-up are Thabo & The Real Deal, an extraordinary sounding act that we are anxious to see here at JAM. Fronted by Zimbabwean singer Thabo Mkwananzi, the band eschewers drumkit, bass and brass, relying instead on Fender Rhodes, percussion, acoustic guitar and vocals to bring their brand of conscious soul to life. With influences ranging from Gil Scott Heron to traditional Zimbabwean music, this promises to be a bloody treat. Finally, headlining we find Bugalu Foundation, who after nearly a decade of absence, reformed last year and having put out an EP and a single, are gracing the stage once again; only this time, with a fresh new line-up. Expect heavy latin soul with a UK accent, this nine-piece are a firm favourite on the BBC 6 Music, Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show… so you KNOW they are good.

Be there, or be an irregular quadrangle. No second chances this time. Seriously.

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