Take it to the bridge - Soul sensation Melanie Fiona declares two-night residency at the Jazz Cafe, July 2010

Are you tired of being force-fed plastic soul-singers online and MTV etc? They appear half-naked within five minutes, witter on about 'cash monay' and 'hot bootay' and then grind their crotches in your face, leaving you drained of all hope for music. Nothing wrong with sexy ladies, but many just can't sing, without resorting to drivel.

Melanie Fiona is one of those rare exceptions, I am pleased to report. After supporting Alicia Keys on a recent European spring tour ("The Freedom Tour", in fact), the lady has set her stall out for keeping a bit of decency and resorting to, shock-horror, singing songs with a bit of passion and following in the footsteps of other more reflective soul-performers such as Jill Scott, Lauren Hill, India Arie and Whitney before she lost her mojo. Speaking as a music fan who generally doesn't get on with modern soul, this lady really does deliver.

Her new album, "The Bridge", appeared last year but interest is growing pretty rapidly now that word is getting around, prompting two dates at the London Jazz Cafe. These are on the 19th and 20th July and cost £20 plus booking fee, available now.

Expect a scarily strong voice and a mixture of nu-soul, reggae and soca-influences throughout - oh, and if you want to know what all the fuss is about, check her official video for the single "It Kills Me".

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