Interview with Rickey Vincent

DJ Lady Funkalicious did an interview with Rickey Vincent, a San Francisco-based author, historian and radio host. Check it out below! When were you introduced to funk music – what about the music made you a life-time fan? Listening to “KDIA Lucky 13” the AM radio 1310 out of Oakland was my first exposure to black music around 1970 or …

Interview with The Funk Center

Check out DJ Lady Funkalicious’ interview with The Funk Center below: 1. Give me a little history on the Dayton Funk Sound. Groups that came from here, etc. It all started in 1965 at Roosevelt and Dunbar high schools in Dayton, Ohio. The initial sound can be attributed to James Brown, and some of the first groups were The Morrocos, …

Chicago Steppin’

Chicago Steppin’ is a popular form of urban dance that originated in Chicago, Illinois in the 1970s. This style of dance evolved from the “Bop.” Sam Chatman first coined the term “Chicago Step” in 1973. The dance style first gained popularity after R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly began incorporating Steppin’ into his songs. Steppin’ is a popular form of dance in …

Women in “The Land of Funk”

When thinking about funk music we don’t always think about the role that women played in its evolution. However, from the very beginning, women were not only supportive of funk, but many were instrumental in the movement. Women started making their appearance in the funk genre in the early ’60s and ’70s. They saw and used funk music’s platform as …

Toronto Funk & Soul Festival In The Spotlight: Jillian Mendez

Jillian Mendez is a Trinidadian pop, jazz, R&B, and soul artist based in Toronto, Ontario. She is best known for her first single “Get Up,” which reached #36 on the UK Club Chart. Mendez also co-wrote the Juno-nominated dance track “Destiny.” She performed at the Toronto Funk & Soul Festival last June and is currently working on new music. Check out …