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Soul II Soul

David Buckley

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.49691

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English pop performers . They can be best thought of as a collective of ever-changing personnel rather than as a pop band, and in the 1980s were harbingers of the looser confederation of working units which typified certain areas of dance music in the 90s. Soul II Soul was formed in 1982 by Jazzie B (Beresford Romeo; b London, 26 Jan 1963; rapper) and Phillip ‘Daddae’ Harvey (multi-instrumentalist) as a reggae sound system unit. They first played at street parties and youth clubs, but by the mid-1980s the collective had become one of the leading promoters of warehouse raves in London. Jazzie B was as much a pop entrepreneur and guru as musician, with a shop in London selling band merchandizing and fashion accessories; he later became a radio DJ on the then pirate station Kiss FM and produced an album for James Brown in 1993. In 1985 the band was joined by Nellee Hooper, who later went on to record with Massive Attack and become a producer, and in ...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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