Nelson Mandela

This Sunday we remember Nelson Mandela's life. He sadly died on Friday the 5th. December. He was known as 'The Father Of His Nation', that of course being South Africa. But the whole world had warmed to his peaceful ways of reconciliation during the 23 years that followed his release from prison in his home land. He was soon elected to be their president for a large part of those 23 years. We this Sunday remember remember his gracious ways.

Oliver Cheatham, best known for the 1983 dance hit Get Down Saturday Night, died on Friday, November 29 after suffering a heart attack whilst asleep. He was 65. Encouraged to sing by his mother, the young Oliver joined several local groups in his hometown of Detroit, including The Young Sirs, Mad Dog And The Pups and Gaslight, before releasing a single, Hard Times, on the Tier label. He then joined another outfit, Sins of Satan, the group later being renamed Roundtrip. Ultimately the band took his name and recorded two albums as Oliver. In the early eighties Cheatham landed a solo recording contract with MCA, starting on his debut album, The Boss, with producer Al Hudson. In ’83 he enjoyed a hit in both the US and UK with Get Down Saturday Night, a tune co-written with Kevin McCord of One Way. (echoes)

This weeks play list Sunday 8th. December 2013

Hour One
Angie Stone - Brotha
Sounds Of Blackness - Black Butterfly
Mongo Santamairia - Groovin'
Jen Jones/Hugh Masekela - Father Of Our Nation
Amazonics - Redemption Song
Leyroy Hutson - Heaven Right Here On Earth
Springfield Smooth Group-Dance With My Father
William Devaughn - Be Thankful 4 What U Got
The Impressions - People Get Ready
Stevie Wonder - I Am Singing
Sounds Of Blackness - He Took Away My Pain

Hour Two
'Three Inna-Row' Labi Siffre
1 Hard Road 2 Listen To Me
3 (Something Inside) So Strong

Bobby Glover - Your Spell
Oliver Cheatham - Get Down Saturday Night
Carl Anderson - Buttercup
Cherrelle/Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love
Jamiroque - Your To Young To Die
Teddy Pendergrass - I Believe
Miss Jones -Where I Want To Be Boy
Lamont Dozier - Going Back To My Roots

Labi Siffre Biography:

Siffre was born and brought up in Bayswater, London, England, the son of an English mother and Nigerian father. He first took employment as a minicab driver and delivery man but practised guitar whenever he could, going on to study music harmonics. He played his first gigs as one of a trio of like-minded youngsters, before taking up a nine-month residency at Annie's Rooms. His tenure completed, he travelled to Cannes, France, and played with a variety of soul musicians and bands. He returned to the UK in the late 60s and enjoyed solo hits in 1971 with "It Must Be Love" (later covered by Madness) and "Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying". Although "Watch Me" in 1972 was his last hit of the 70s, he made a spectacular comeback in 1987 with "(Something Inside) So Strong". In recent years Siffre has devoted most of his time to his poetry and has shown a sensitive and intelligent grasp of world issues. His relaxed nature and engaging personality has made his poetry readings more popular than his songs.

Labi Siffre (1970)***, Singer And The Song (Pye 1971)***, Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying (Pye 1972)***, Remember The Song (1975)***, So Strong (Polydor 1988)***, Make My Day (Connoisseur 1989)***.

Jerry Dammers & Friends - 'Free Nelson Mandela' by mickeynold

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