OPAZ 30th ANNIVERSARY
To mark its 30th anniversary Opaz is releasing a limited edition twelve track vinyl LP 'Opaz 30' featuring Martine Girault, Mica Paris, Maysa, George Howard, Patrick Jean Paul Dennis, Natasha Campbell, Cartier Fraser, Imaani, new signing Mary Jane and Ray Hayden.
Opaz's first release as a label was Martine Girault's 'Revival' on June 1st 1992. It entered the UK dance chart at No.1, winning The DMC/ Mix Mag 'Best Soul Record' of the year award and went on to feature in movies with Tu Pac Shakur, Micky Rourke and Meg Ryan and added flavour to Nescafe's advertising campaigns. The Opaz 30 album will be available from all the usual stores and online sites ( HMV, Tower, Juno etc)
This opened the door for the Opaz sound, with productions, writing and remixes for Marvin Gaye, Tyrese, Mary J Blige, Will Smith, Omar, Incognito, George Howard, Ronny Jordan, Swing Out Sister, Sade, The Brand New Heavies and many more.
Opaz secured licencing deals with A&M, London and BMG records for its artists and internationally JVC and Sony in Japan opening up the Japanese market which led to work with Monday Michiru, Towa Tai, Sandii and Mondo Grosso to name a few.
Opaz's most recent release 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' May 2022 entered Amazons RnB chart at number 2 and features new signing Mary Jane
Opaz started as a recording studio In Hackney, on Mare Street right next to the Hackney Empire Theatre in 1986 and has evolved into a film company under the banner Opaz Multimedia, having secured a Hollywood agent, it's first feature is in production 'Brightlingsea'
Mary Jane was signed to the label to work on the film soundtrack as well as an animated project called Agatha Crup.
Guest/Rotation Shows for OCTOBER
THE QUIET STORM - WEDNESDAY 10pm - MIDNIGHT
5th – DUG CHANT
12th - STEVE HOBBS
19th – DJ LADY G
26th – BOBB SEMPLE
SATURDAY 6 - 8pm
1st - MIKE GEE 'TIME MACHINE'
8th - RICH BEGGAR 'The Story SOUL Far'
15th - MARK DAVIS 'VINYL SPECIAL'
22nd - ROB JAMES 'SOUL STEPPPIN'
29th - DENNIS O'BRIEN & LORAINE CLANCY 'FIRST BUY'
SATURDAY 8 - 10pm
1st - PAUL CLIFFORD 'YACHT SOUL'
8th - TOSCA ANOTHER LEVEL 'BOOGIE SPECIAL'
15th – CARL DENNIE 'STRICTLY VINYL SESSIONS'
22nd - BOBBY DEE
29th - NEIL SIMSON 'TWO HOUR TAKEOVER CLASSIC HOUSE SPECIAL'
SUNDAY 4 - 6pm
2nd - RAY HAYDEN 'OPAZ 30 SPECIAL'
9th - LORAINE CLANCY 'SOUL FINE'
16th - PAUL CLIFFORD 'SONGBOOK'
23rd - STEVE HOBBS 'SUNDAY SOUL'
30th - RAY HAYDEN 'OPAZ 30 SPECIAL'
MONDAY 3 - 6pm
3rd - RALPH TEE 'LUXURY SOUL'
10th - PHIL'PHILO' NUGENT 'SOUL SINDICATE'
17th - TOSCA 'SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW'
24th – THE'SOULTRAIN CLUB' JESSIE T BOBBY DEE & FREDDIE LEE
31st - GRAHAM CRANE
GOSPEL SUNRISE SUNDAY 6 - 8am
2nd - GRANTLY
9th - ANGUS KEMP
16th - RICHARD MARZETTI
23rd - JESSIE TSANG & FREDDIE LEE
30th - TONY MONSON
SOUL CRUISE – SUNDAY OCTOBER 23rd – SOLD OUT- waiting list.
All tickets have been sold for the October Soul Cruise, but if you wish to be put on the waiting list for any that might become available, please email email@example.com with a note of how many required and we will advise if this happens.
Customer Facebook comments about recent cruises:
"First solar boat, loved it, roll on the next one… I’m on board “- Gavin Gheerkins, Slough
“Totally wonderful boat cruise… I’d do it all again in a heartbeat” - Jac Cotton, Oxfordshire
“No better way to spend a Sunday afternoon” - Linda Chapman, Watford
“We had a fabulous time on the cruise boat... great music! Thank you!” - Sharon, Northamptonshire
“Sure was a fabulous boat party…“ - Caroline Redmayne, Worthing
"Just wanted to say thank you for an awesome cruise on the 21/8. So much fun and a great vibe! You just HAD to be there..." - Cy Ezé, Peterborough (Solar web-shop comment)
DECEMBER SOUL CRUISE- DIXIE QUEEN- SOLD OUT- WAITING LIST
Tickets for the December Soul Cruise aboard the DIXIE QUEEN were put on sale on Friday (September 2) at 5.00pm and were SOLD OUT by 11.00pm on Saturday. If you wish to go on the WAITING LIST for possible spare tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the number of tickets wanted and we will add you to the list and advise if tickets become available.
‘AFTER WE PLAY’ New Single from JOHNNY BRITT
“AFTER WE PLAY” is the title track from the forthcoming Johnny Britt album “AFTER WE PLAY” which will be the 5th solo album on J-Jams Records from Johnny Britt. The single “AFTER WE PLAY” was written, produced and arranged by Johnny Britt and features Smooth Jazz Guitarist Peter White. “AFTER WE PLAY” music video will be released the fall of 2022 where Johnny Britt and Peter White will be performing together. Britt will perform “AFTER WE PLAY” at music festivals nationwide including THE OXNARD JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022, LOMPOC JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022 and the CAPITAL JAZZ SUPER CRUISE 2023 amongst other upcoming scheduled events. You can also purchase the digital download of new single at www.JohnnyBritt.com.
Musician on the single “AFTER WE PLAY” are Johnny Britt (Flugelhorn, trumpet and keyboards), Peter White (guitar), Marcus Williams (drums) Dean Mark (bass) Sean J. Lawson (percussion). Mixed by Nils and Mastered by Ron Boustead
SOUL CRUISE DATES FOR 2022
SOLAR RADIO EVENTS – TICKETING PROCEDURE
With the ever-increasing number of people tuning to Solar Radio, we are happy to welcome new customers to our events including the ever-popular Soul Cruises, and it may be timely to advise new folk (and remind valued 'regulars'!) of our ticketing procedures. TICKETS ARE SOLD ON A 'FIRM SALE' BASIS. There is no automatic refund for cancellations unless we have published a 'Buy Back' message - any returns will be offered to any Waiting List customers for re-sale. We do not send out tickets for our river events, either by post or as e-tickets, but we do hold all tickets for collection on the day, just before the event. After the initial acknowledgement, the buyer will later be sent another email, advising of collection time and boarding information. We hope this helps!
MORE SOLAR SOUL -19 TRACK CD NOW AVAILABLE
NOW AVAILABLE - "MORE SOLAR SOUL" - 19 (yes 19) track CD containing tracks featured on Solar Radio in recent times - price for mail-order to the UK is just £13.50. For track listing visit the webstore . For sale to global markets EXCEPT the U.S.A. Regret NOT for sale to U.S.A, customers due to licensing restrictions. Mailing costs outside the UK will differ, and could be subject to customs fees (email email@example.com for overseas quote). UK orders from our webstore HERE
SOUL CITIZEN – Autobiography of Clive ‘R’
Our Sunday morning 'In Orbit' man, CLIVE R, has written his autobiography - entitled SOUL CITIZEN- relating his memories and experiences over his fifty years as a soul fan, record-collector, music journalist, club and concert-goer, oh, and soul radio DJ!
Clive is now making the book available direct to Solar Radio listeners. Purchase the book HERE
PLAYLISTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
With so many presenters playing new music, and with the present inability of singers and musicians to earn income from indoor shows and gigs, they are even more dependent on revenue from sales of downloads, CDs and merchandise. DJs are usually careful to announce names of performers, but if you happen to miss this information, there is usually a podcast available with a playlist, these posted usually on the DJ's social media account and/or on the Solar Radio Group Page on Facebook.
SOLAR RADIO BROADCASTING PLATFORMS
Solar Radio is available to listeners on a range of streaming platforms including our free branded apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices, and similarly with smart speakers such as Echo Dot and Google now available from web dealers and electrical retailers, plus Internet Radios. Solar Radio is also readily available via other apps including TuneIn Radio and RadioplayerUK, and directly from our website at www.solarradio.com.
Solar Radio has also been involved in the path-finding small-scale DAB experiment, and is currently available on DAB+ in the Inner London area (within the North and South Circular Roads), Brighton and Norwich.
SOLAR RADIO – SOUL TOP 500 CHART
At the end of 2019, TONY MONSON asked all connected with SOLAR RADIO, including DJs, listeners, artists and all friends of the station to submit their ALL TIME TOP 10 favourite tracks and albums. Contributors totalled some 500 people, from whose suggestions the TOP 500 chart was compiled.
The first 100 can be seen here-Top 500 # 1 to # 100
The next hundred, 101 to 200 - ...the next 100, # 101 - #200
Positions 201 to 300 are here-..third segment, #201 - #300
SOLAR RADIO ON ECHO DOT
SOLAR RADIO now has a dedicated SKILL app on the ECHO DOT device to enable easy access.
Listening to Solar Radio on an Amazon Dot or Echo and Google Home device:
AMAZON DOT / ECHO: If you have an Amazon Dot or Echo (or any other Amazon smart speaker device) you can listen to Solar Radio by enabling the Solar Radio Alexa Skill. All you have to do is say “Alexa, Launch Solar Radio”. You may need to repeat the sentence a couple of times before it responds but once enabled you can simply say “Alexa, Play Solar Radio” to play the station. You can also enable the Skill via the Amazon store HERE.
GOOGLE HOME: For Google Home simply say “Okay Google, Play Solar Radio”. You may need to add “… on TuneIn” at the end if it fails to respond
ANDROID APP for SOLAR RADIO and upgraded i-PHONE APP
A reminder that the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app for Android devices is available NOW to download and install FOR FREE from the Google Play Store, featuring choice of 64k or 128k streams, schedule information, contact and social media links, available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SolarRadioAndroid Also available from the Apple Store, is an UPGRADE to the SOLAR RADIO app for i-PHONE.
SOLAR RADIO ON DAB
Solar Radio can be heard on DAB in Brighton, in the London area, with the boundary of the North and South Circular Roads, and Norwich, all part of the Small Scale DAB trial as promoted by OfCom. If you are new to DAB radio receivers, it is worth noting that the most complete range of available stations will be found by doing a full scan near to a window and in the highest available location in your property.
LISTEN TO SOLAR RADIO ON THE MOVE
There are several ways to access SOLAR RADIO on the move, via your Android, IPhone, Tablet or similar device and DAB, the latter to Brighton, London & Norwich.
From the Android Play Store, free downloads are available of apps for either Radioplayer UK, TuneIn Radio or Nobex Radio, which you can install on your device in seconds and a quick search will soon reveal SOLAR RADIO, which can then be saved as a 'favourite' or can be 'followed'.
The Nobex Radio app is also suitable for use on an I-Phone, while the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app is also available from the Apple Store.
Your device can usually be linked to a car audio system via Bluetooth for in-car entertainment. Please ensure you have an adequate data package with your provider.
SOLAR RADIO is part new Ofcom initiative of experimental Small-Scale DAB radio for London, within the area bounded by the North and South circular roads and in Brighton & Norwich
Please re-scan your DAB receiver.