Soul Ii Soul frontman Jazzie B has been immortalised in sculpture as part of an art installation in his native London.
A life-size silhouette of the musician, real name Trevor Beresford Romeo, has been cut from sheet steel and erected in a seating area at the U.K. capital's Finsbury Park bus station after locals voted for the star to receive the unusual honour.
The project marks the creation of a new walking and cycling route, and Jazzie B says, "It's a fantastic project and it's emotional to be honoured by the community I grew up in. Back in the day my first musical experience happened across the road... It's just great to be here and I used to cycle round here too, so it's really great to be supporting a local cycling scheme."
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Soul II Soul star Jazzie B has praised soul legend James Brown for treating him like a ''little brother''.
The DJ, producer and singer worked with James - known as the 'Godfather of Soul' - on one of his albums as well as touring with him, and reveals the star really took him under his wing.
Jazzie told BANG Showbiz: "James Brown treated me almost like a younger brother or whatever, he was amazing. We got on really well, he took me on tour and he was a brilliant geezer, he called me every Christmas to make sure I was alright."
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Soul II Soul star Jazzie B believes N-Dubz star Dappy could be the saviour of the British music scene.
The Soul Ii Soul star - who was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to British music in 2008 - thinks artists have to rely too heavily on collaborations to get a break in the charts, but has earmarked Dappy as one step ahead of the competition.
He told BANG Showbiz: "Some of these artists from the UK have to collaborate with these pop singers for them to get a ticket, for them to get through the door.
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Southport Weekender, one of Europe's best loved indoor festivals, which without a doubt has been indispensable to the soulful music scene over the past 24 years is moving! After a phenomenal 21 year residency at Pontins in Southport, dubbing it the longest running event at the centre's since 1990, Southport Weekender are excited to announce their move to a fantastic new location, Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, Somerset for their May 2011 festival.
"This will be our 5th different location for the Weekenders since we began way back in October 1987. Most of our events have been held at the Southport Pontins Site and we will forever cherish the memories, the many magical moments that have taken place there, along with the thousands of life long friendships made. However, there is always a time to move forward and grow, so to be given the opportunity to host The Weekender at the fantastic Minehead, Butlins site is very exciting and a move we look forward to embracing. I have absolutely no doubts that the wonderful crowd who have supported us over 24 years and the many new people who will be joining us will absolutely love it. We cannot wait!" / Alex Lowes (Southport Weekender)
"We are delighted that the Southport Weekender is coming to Butlins Minehead and we are looking forward to welcoming all of the weekender guests here in May for their exclusive event. Change is always a challenge for such established and respected events, but we are absolutely committed to supporting and hosting the Southport Weekender and all of its guests as the event grows and moves forward in its new home here at Minehead" / Richard Swift (Butlins, Minehead)
Initial tickets for Southport Weekender's May 2011 festival sold out in just 2 weeks of going on general sale! But now with the event move to Butlins, which sports a larger capacity now sleeping 6000 party people on site, the festival will be putting up a further 1500 tickets on sale! There is a vast range of accommodation on offer, from 2-berth upwards to 8-berth, with a choice of self catering and room only.
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The 45-year-old, who in recent years has produced tracks for Destiny's Child, will broadcast a set on BBC Radio London, and invite partygoers to tune in using headsets and dance in Trafalgar Square.
Jazzie B - real name Trevor Romeo - tells CMU Music, "This should be such a cool event - people shimmying away while passers-by look on, agog. Maybe some of the onlookers will get involved - sharing headphones to enjoy the vibe is what I'd like this event to be all about."
The 45-year-old Brit, real name Trevor Romeo, was presented with the prestigious accolade by British royal Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, at London's Buckingham Palace on Friday (16May08).
The Grammy winner has enjoyed a career spanning 20 years and has produced tracks for stars including Destiny's Child and Sinead O' Connor.
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The SOUL II SOUL singer - who hit the big time with BACK TO LIFE in 1989 - says that instant success can be daunting, but acknowledges today's stars have it a lot worse.
Jazzie says, "It was a very innocent time back then. How can you explain what it's like, going from driving an ESCORT one day to driving a BENTLEY the next?
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