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Soul Freedom Live is an offshoot of ventures run by Mike Ashley (Life & Soul Promotions, Indie Soul Mixer, Soul Freedom(DJ/RADIO), singer song-writer, Rozaya Hopkins and visual artist Beki Wills. SFL was launched as a vehicle to promote new and upcoming Independent Soul Artists but with some added variations. Beki Wills was placed in charge of Art and Design, internet and promotion and Rozaya Hopkins, a singer/songwriter, was to use her band 'The Thorns' as the ‘house’ band'. She was also to become our main resident performer, host and artist liaison for the local artists. Together we are SFL and between us we carry out all the other functions to make it work! which are numerous.

SOUL FREEDOM RADIO PORTFOLIO

Soul Freedom Radio Portfolio 

A brief summary of my output predominantly supported New Independent Soul Music but also drawing from Soul Music history and related genres of Black Music.

Currently 356 hours per year, 30 hours a month, 7 hours a week – all different.  None of this is syndicated – it is all specific to the outlets described below.

There will also be an addition to the portfolio shortly for an Atlanta based station.

I hope that you are able to enjoy some of the product and thanks for your support and for listening.  Thanks also to the artists as without them this would be impossible.

 Passion Radio Bristol – www.passionrb.com

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Soul Freedom Live – every Weds from 7pm til 9pm UK with Rozaya Hopkins and Beki Wills

This show is live from the Passion studios in Bristol led by Rozaya and Beki with me chipping in from time to time, though I supply a lot, but not all of the music – especially the new independent. The final selections are usually made by the girls. There is a leaning towards independent artists and also to local artists especially those that have graced the Soul Freedom Live stage, and often they guest in the studio.  From time to time we do depart and play tunes from our expansive collections from the 60’s onwards

           

Rhythm and Soul Radio New York – www.rhythmandsoulradio.com

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Soul Freedom – 3rd and 4th Sundays of month 9pm EST 4pm UK

Probably the most expansive show we do

Longstanding twice monthly show recorded by me at home so it doesn’t go out live. Predominantly new independent soul, and really brand new at the point of recording the show, though sometimes it may go out 2 or 3 weeks later so when aired they often are not ‘crisp biscuit’ but pretty new. Sometimes I depart from this and play other stuff and as said above this show is a little more expansive and eclectic, including not necessarily the straight ahead music that goes down in the UK best. More where my heads at stuff than the others perhaps.

Previously I used to paste this show together record the wordy bits and cut this in. Could put a show together is way less than real time… However now I record the show in real time, the talking bits added as we go, no second takes or anything. Broadly just sit by my laptop and piece together the show as we go, sometimes I will do from vinyl or cd as the show dictates. Doing it ‘live’ in this way gives it a much better ‘feel’ I think and better flow and I am much happier with the result.

Pulse Radio – www.pulseradio.org

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Soul Freedom – Soul Freedom every Monday from 7 til 10pm UK

From Commercial Soul through to new Independent Soul.  This is a new Community Radio Station based in Cheddar Somerset and airs locolly on 104.4FM

This show is live from the Cheddar Studios every Monday – features a lot of recent years independent soul accompanied by Soul Classics, am not afraid to play old Soul so long as its good. What surprises me often, as the show is done pretty much on the fly on the spot, is how well the new and the old mix together dispelling any argument that todays music is inferior – it stands up

Soul Freedom Podcastshttp://lifeandsoul.podomatic.com/

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Soul Freedom –

 These are personal licensed podcasts prepared by me as continuous mixes and available for download as such via podomatic or itunes.   These are done randomly as time allows and are normally an hour in length or thereabouts.  Usually features new Independent Soul Music.

Podcast for Soul Freedom, Life and Soul Promotions and Indie Soul Mixer. PRS License No LE-0006279

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Life and Soul Promotions – Indie Soul Mixer – Soul Freedom – Soul Freedom Live

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SOUL FREEDOM LIVE MONTHLY NIGHTS 1 Launch Party 8 February 2013

Launch Party Friday 8th  February 2013

Although short notice  and a bit of a trial run, this was to become the   pre-cursor to the series which would take place on the first Fridays of each month and to introduce our regular performers. This first night featured   artwork inspired by soul with Christelle Jones and Beki Wills.

L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley
L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley

Artists 

Rozaya Hopkins 

Zion Flex

DJ/Beats Mike Ashley

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Since the launch party we have been extremely privileged to have the services of Damien Michael Polly of Your Music Productions, who videos the performances and edits them for us.

Check this video out of the highlights from the Launch Party.

Soul Freedom Live VIDEO – FEBRUARY edited by Your Music Productions 

 

Soul FREEDOM LIVE FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2013 AARON DOUGLAS, IAN PERRY, SKRILLA UGQ, ROZAYA HOPKINS AND ZION FLEX

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Our first official Soul Freedom Live, and an acoustic night featuring Bristol based artists  Aaron Douglas, making waves across the South west and beyond     His featured song was to make it to Rhythm and Soul Radio New York City featured playlist, hosted by DJ Dan.CE… but more on that later and Bristol ‘s own singer/songwriter Ian Perry.

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Aaron Douglas

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Richie Davis on congars
Richie Davis on congars

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Aaron Douglas at Soul Freedom Live
Aaron Douglas at Soul Freedom Live

Soul Freedom likes to incorporate other creative outlets for expression and we invited, local and extremely talented artist Solly Solomon, to showcase some of her work. This artist is destined for big things!

Solly Solmon
Solly Solmon

It was also to be the first appearance of many by  the  super talented   Underground Queen  herself, Skrilla UGQ.

Skrilla UGQ went on to develop Anonymous Media with her partner  which is well worth checking out.  

“Welcome to Anonymous Media Uk a new Entertainment Website in the UK. Here at #AMUK we aim to bring you the best in UK Urban Culture, Entertainment, Music, Videos, Fashion and exclusive contents. ”

Check out all the links below.

Doing good things for artists and musicians. 

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Twitter https://twitter.com/AnonymousMedia1

Website: AMUK

Facebook: Anonymous Media

Our host Rozaya  Hopkins performed with her band, The Thorns . It was also the first appearance of the Soul Freedom Cake.

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Rozaya Hopkins
Rozaya Hopkins

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Zion Flex provided a free styling interlude with Mike Ashely on beats.

INTRODUCTION TO SOUL FREEDOM LIVE

INTRODUCTION TO SOUL FREEDOM

Soul Freedom Live  is an offshoot of ventures run by Mike Ashley – Life and Soul Promotions, Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom(DJ/RADIO).

Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.
Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.

SFL was launched as a vehicle to promote new and upcoming Independent Soul Artists but with some added variations. Beki Wills was placed in charge of Art and Design, internet and promotion  and Rozaya Hopkins, a singer/songwriter,  was to use her band ‘The Thorns’  as the ‘house’ band’. She was also to  become our main resident performer, host and artist liaison for the local artists. Together we are SFL and between us we carry out all the other functions to make it work! which are numerous. 

Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.

Initially Zion Flex was a resident performer for us before she moved aside to pursue her ongoing solo career.  Similarly Christelle Jones showed some of her paintings during the launch.

Having seen events in the USA through Indie Soul Mixer Mike wanted to introduce something just a little bit different to the events in the UK, namely:-

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Additional but related forms of Independent Artistry, such as visual art, photography and crafts,

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Collaboration and togetherness between the artists so that it was not a ‘straight’ gig with one performance followed by another, but where interaction and assistance was encouraged and impromptu performance emerged.

We acquired a residency at The Bristol Fringe in Clifton Bristol on the first Friday of every month. Our launch/trial run took place on 8 February with our two resident artists and Mike playing current Independent Soul Music which is rarely if ever heard on a regular basis at a live event of this type.

Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live. February 2013
Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live.
February 2013

BASKERVILLE JONES – SOUL FREEDOM LIVE DECEMBER 2013 with JROKKA, BEATDEN,STORM,CHARMZZ 1 AND CIARA D

Soul Freedom has had many outstanding artists performing with us over the last year and it was fitting that we finished 2013 with a fantastic performer from Nashville via LA , the lead singer with the REBIRTH, BASKERVILLE JONES.   she delighted and amazed both the audience, ourselves, and the band and we just loved her FAT SANTA.

SOUL FREEDOM LIVE DECEMBER 2013
SOUL FREEDOM LIVE
DECEMBER 2013

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Baskerville Jones, live at the Fringe Clifton, Bristol with Soul Freedom Live
Baskerville Jones, live at the Fringe Clifton, Bristol with Soul Freedom Live

 

Not only we treated to our headline artist Baskerville Jones,  there was so much talent in the room, anyone who missed this night should be kicking themselves.

Having seen Ciara  D, perform at another event,  we were very excited to get her show her skills at Soul Freedom. She is skilled, versatile and down to earth. . A talent in the making and one to watch.

CIARA D at Soul Freedom Live
CIARA D at Soul Freedom Live

CIARA D AT THE SOULFREEDOM LIVE click on link to see video footage of Ciara Daniel filmed by YourMusicProductions 2013

Charmzz 1,  with his second consecutive performance at Soul Freedom  is charming his way to the ladies. A first time outing with a full live band and he held his own, this falsetto singer has the potential to just get better and better.  Watch out for more performances with CHARMZZ 1.

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CHARMZZ 1 performing at Soul Freedom Live
CHARMZZ 1 performing at Soul Freedom Live

 

Click on the link to see video footage of CHARMZZ1

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE ENERGETIC JROKKA WITH BEAT DEN

These boys sure know how to get the crowd jumping!

Please check back for more photos and information regarding these artists!  Having to radio show now, so I’ll finish this when I get back !!!!

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE BEAUTIFUL STORM

Video footage as always was filmed by Your Music Productions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JROKKA AND BEATDEN AT SOUL FREEDOM LIVE

Welcome to SOUL FREEDOM LIVE

Soul Freedom Live was an idea conceived by DJ, Tastemaker and Indie Soul Mixer co-founder, Mike Ashley, Beki Wills an artist and Rozaya Hopkins, a singer/ songwriter, to have a regular monthly musical showcase, where both Independent, international soul and urban artists could perform alongside  up and coming and established artists in the UK in particular Bristol, where the team are based.  We have a regular weekly show, Wednesdays 19.00-21.00 GMT on Passion Radio Bristol