Veteran star bares his Soul
Club DJ, producer, remixer, radio presenter, fashion designer and former head of Motown records – there is much more to Jazzie B than simply being the face of Grammy-winning veteran UK act Soul II Soul. Ahead of a DJ set at Dubai’s 360° on Friday, here are six things you need to know, in his own words, about “the man who gave black British music a soul of its own”. 4am and at the end, taking pictures and stuff, this lady mentioned she did a picture with me in 1990. My mum used to say, ‘You’re as old as you feel’ – well at that particular time I felt really old. Who aged better? I wasn’t able to see the old picture, but she looked a little worse for wear this morning.”
“My first gig in Dubai was actually in the very late 1980s. I played a Holiday Inn, as part of the first speedboat grand prix competition or something. I just remember how pleasant it was – you could literally smell the sea and the desert, a slightly fermented smell of dates, palm trees and an incredible breeze.
“That was so, so long ago. When you go back now and see how congested and built up it’s become, I feel blessed to have gone there before all these high-rise buildings. I’ve been coming there that long, somebody here should recognise that.”