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Ruby Turner (born 22 June 1958 in Montego Bay, Jamaica)[1][2] is a Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actress. In 1967, she relocated with her family to Handsworth, Birmingham, England at the age of nine.[1] She is best known for her albums and single releases on both sides of theAtlantic, and has sung backing vocals for others such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland and Mick Jagger, as well aswriting songs that have been covered by many artists including Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest.[1] She achieved the rare feat, for a British singer, of reaching #1 on the US R&B chart, with "It's Gonna Be Alright" in February 1990. Between 1986 and 1995, eight of her singles appeared in the UK Singles Chart with "I'd Rather Go Blind" being the most successful reaching #24 in 1987.[3] Turner performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat 86 concert,[4] which featured George Harrison; and sang on BBC Television's Jools Holland'sHootenanny, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. She has also appeared as an actress on stage, film and television.



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Africando is a musical project formed in 1992[1] to unite New York-based salsa musicians with Senegalese vocalists. Musicians from other African countries were later included under the nameAfricando All Stars.

Salsa has been a hugely popular style in Central and West Africa since the 1940s-1950s, and the goal of Africando was to merge salsa rhythms from both sides of the Atlantic, mainly based on the African salsa tradition.

Africando was initiated by producer Ibrahim Sylla from Côte d'Ivoire and Malian arranger Boncana Maiga of Fania All Stars. Some of the musicians initially involved were: Ronnie Baro (of Orquesta BroadwayPape Seck (ex member of Star Band), Nicholas Menheim (associate of Youssou N'Dour), and Medoune Diallo (formerly with Orchestre Baobab).

The first two albums were a big success both in Africa and in the rest of the world. Singer Pape Seck died in 1995, and was replaced by Gnonnas Pedro from Benin (who died August 2005) andRonnie Baró of Orquestra Broadway.

 

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