Vet­eran star bares his Soul

The National - News - Arts & Life - - Front Page - Rob Gar­ratt

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.”

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