Monday, 22 July 2013


Charles Bradley (born 1948, Gainesville, Florida, United States) is an American funk/soul/R&B singer, signed to the Daptone Records label under the Dunham Records division. His performances and recording style are consistent with Daptone's revivalist approach, celebrating the feel of funk and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s. One review stated that Bradley "echoes the evocative delivery of Otis Redding".

Bradley's songs have frequently been sampled by hip hop artists, such as Jay-Z and Asher Roth. Bradley is also is the subject of a documentary, Soul of America, that premiered at South by Southwest in 2012.

The Menahan Street Band is a Brooklyn, New York-based instrumental band formed in 2007, that plays funk and soul music. The band features musicians from Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Budos Band. The group was founded by Thomas Brenneck while living in an apartment on Menahan St. in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking, was released in 2008 on Dunham, a sublabel of Daptone Records.

Various songs from Make the Road by Walking have been sampled by hip hop artists, including the title track, which was sampled by Jay-Z on the track "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..." and "The Traitor", which was sampled by Kid Cudi on his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day and by 50 Cent on his mixtape War Angel LP.

Oh, and by the way, Charles Bradley started singing 'professionally' last year at 62 years old, and this summer performed at Montreaux festival!

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