Monday, August 21, 2017

Wall Of Fame: Femi Fem’s all time top 5

Femi Fem’s all time top 5…
We’re leavin’ the Big Apple and Yvonne Turner to introduce you to our second guest in this Wall Of Fame series. This bringin’ us to London and long time rare groove activist Olufemi Nigel Williams, better known as Femi Fem.

Femi Fem's all time top 5Unless havin’ spent the last 3 decades in a desert island, chances are great you’ve heard of him. Either as a member of transient band the Young Disciples along with Carleen Anderson and Marco Young. A group responsible for the classics ‘Apparently Nothing’ and ‘Get Yourself Together’ from their 1990 ‘Road To Freedom’ album on Talkin’ Loud. Either while listening to one of his numerous remixes. Be it for Des’ree, D-Influence or Randy Crawford to name a few.

You might have crossed his path while going to BiG STuFF. A monthly party that sees him sharing the duties with Barrie Sharpe (at the left on the pic). Unless you’ve heard his weekly radio show on Mi Soul…

– I got my introduction to music from my family home parties. This leading me to the Funk via Afrobeat. Barrie Sharpe, Norman Jay, Marco Nelson and Paul Anderson influenced my record collection. The love of good people in cosmopolitan 80’s London led me to running parties. And the love of 7” Funk got me to making music in the 90’s.

Now we have a great party called BiG STuFF and my radio show on Mi Soul from 07.00pm to 09.00pm Sunday GMT.

BiG STuFF – Sat. May 27, 2017. The Westbank – Portobello: 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W105XL – Free before 11:00pm – No entry after 01-00am.

Femi Fem’s all time Top 5…

Tom Browne – Thighs High (Grip Your Hips And Move) (GRP)
I loved Greg Edwards & Robbie Vincent playing this on the radio as they had the only mainstream radio shows of funky music in the UK in 1980. I used to go to what was the equivalent of a youth club disco in Ealing (my home town) & really thought I was getting down!!!

Femi Fem’s all time Top 5…

The Fun Boy Three – Faith Hope And Charity (Chrysalis)
The first club I went to religiously was Electric Ballroom in Camden. George Power and Paul Anderson made us sweat weekly in the Soul & Boogie room. This track took the scene by storm as people didn’t expect this sound from guys that used to be in The Specials

Femi Fem’s all time Top 5…

Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love (Uno Melodic Records)
It’s always been a fave of mine. I heard Paul Anderson play this at Spats which was a Saturday afternoon dancers’ club. The shoppers & tourists used to freak out seeing these guys emerging from the club steaming of sweat in the middle of Winter…

Femi Fem’s all time Top 5…

The Fatback Band – Street Dance (Perception Records)
First heard this incarnation of this band at the WAG Club where Barrie Sharpe was the DJ. He played the funk side of what was to be termed Rare Groove before any other DJ’s. We play all their funk tracks recorded before 1980…

Femi Fem’s all time Top 5…

Eddie Harris – Get On Down (Atlantic)
Always goes down well for the dancers male & female at BiG STuFF. Again a tune I heard along with many funk faves at the WAG and Cat In The Hat made famous on London’s underground scene by Barrie Sharpe with his DJ partner Lascelles. They were early on the revival.
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