It’s a brilliant May summer’s day, one of those perfect English afternoons with blue skies and a Goldilocks temperature. Face Mask My face mask – an optional social accessory these days – is firmly fixed over my nose and mouth. While I’m no longer legally required to wear it in public, it’s ideal for the job at hand: gardening. I’m round the back, and I … Continue reading Like this? You’ll LOVE that!
The Premier Gospel Awards return after 2 years away with a brilliant 2022 nominee list, celebrating the absolute cream of the UK Gospel music crop (I don’t envy the voting panel – the nominees are strong across all the categories!). Overlooked However: it’s only right to point out that the Street Music category, a segment of the scene that remained vital and vibrant through the … Continue reading Premier Gospel Awards 2022: Amazing List – and an Amazing Miss?
I had a completely different update to share this week about plans for this site However: something happened that gave me a disturbing glimpse into a possible future. Control your own narrative Now more than ever it’s critically important to have complete and direct control of your own narrative. Hopefully I’m preaching to the choir on this, but just in case you still doubt the … Continue reading UKGospel.com Existential (Part 2): You can only say what THEY want you to say…?
Existential: the future of UKGospel.com (Part 1) When I started writing this forward-look several weeks ago I opted to do it in stream of consciousness. It felt right because it’s setting out the UKGospel.com roadmap for – God willing – the next 5-10 years. Additionally, sharing my thought process this way lends itself to the feel of a story that’s unfolding almost in real time… … Continue reading Existential: the New UKGospel.com? It’s the old UKGospel.com, actually…. (Part 1)
Nobody liked *Colin. What made things particularly ironic was he was such a nice guy. Colin was sales manager in a company I worked for in the 90s, and back then (I don’t imagine it’s any different now) sales was hard. Horrid Put it this way: if sales were a girl she’d be the little one from the nursery rhyme: when she was good, she … Continue reading Put your Black life in music – NOW.
Gospel RnB/Soul fans – assemble! A decade after one of my FAVOURITE family group put out their brilliant and fantastically well-received debut album, ‘World To Me‘, family group V9 Collective is back, folks!!! After time away from public appearances, Sam, Vernetta, Tula, Ruth and Semele return with a brand new album, ‘Message in the Music’, out 31st May 2021. Sam says: ‘After a few years … Continue reading World Exclusive!!! V9 Collective is back!
Sometimes kicking back is absolutely the right thing to do… It might be just a tad too cold outside (don’t worry, summer’s on its way) or – in case you’re one of those really weird people that prefers the cold weather – I’ve got you covered (see what I did there..?) Whatever your story is, here are four classic UK Gospel tunes to mellow you … Continue reading 4 Retro UK Gospel Vibes to Mellow You Out (Part 2)
I knew I was on to a good thing when I launched the ‘Celebrating UKGospel’ series… I get excited when I can come up with different and interesting ways to honour the great work so many people continue to put in across the UK Gospel scene. Most-shared feature It’s also especially rewarding when many other people share that same excitement: the ‘Celebrating the Ladies of … Continue reading Celebrating #UKGospel: Brits Abroad (Part 1)
The ‘Legacy’ series is part of the content migration programme from earlier versions of UKGospel.com, ensuring the history and evolution of the UK Gospel music scene is publicly accessible Original publication date: 05 May 2005 Written and edited by: Yinka Awojobi The ‘Fast Fact’ series was a workstream I used to introduce artists I saw doing exciting things on the UK Gospel scene back in … Continue reading Legacy Series: Tryumf – Fast Facts
‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy…’ Today is a perfect UK summer’s day: the maximum temperature is a cinderella-optimum, entirely agreeable 15 degrees: not too hot and not too cold. So here are a few AfroPop tunes to turn up the heat just a little more and soundtrack a hopefully already perfect day. Sarah Teibo – Blessed This G Kid-produced track almost certainly needs no … Continue reading 5 UK Gospel AfroPop Songs to Soundtrack Your Day