Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: Raphael Saadiq Covers The Spinners + MP3

Levi’s Pioneer Sessions keeps rolling out more recreations of classic hits, this time with Giant Step favorite Raphael Saadiq covering “It’s a Shame” by The Spinners, the legendary Detroit ensemble. When Tony! Toni! Toné!’s Raphael Saadiq went solo, his goal was to modernize R&B without cutting ties with its past, creating complex tunes that honored Motown while addressing issues of the day. You can get your copy of Raphael’s cover of “It’s a Shame” here.

Don’t forget about our Central Park SummerStage show on July 17th, where Raphael Saadiq will be performing along with Aloe Blacc and special guests!

And while you’re at it, check out behind-the-scenes footage of Raphael talking about his recreation of “It’s a Shame” below.

Soul Power Featuring James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King and more, Opens in NYC & LA

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Soul Power, a documentary by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, depicts the legendary music festival in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 which sprouted from the excitement surrounding the epic fight between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman. The award-winning film features original footage of performances by James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, The Spinners, Celia Cruz & The Fania All-Stars, and many more…