QUOTE OF THE DAY: HILARY MWELWA (HILL ST. SOUL)

Does the resurgence of White female soul singers in England, such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, have a positive or negative effect on a Black female soul artist from the U.K.? 

“I think it has a negative effect. At the end of the day, if you’re talented at what you do then you’re entitled to have that kind of stage or shine, but what I’m noticing is that people like the Amy Winehouses and the Adeles get a bigger push from labels. There are not that many Black female artists actually getting signed in the U.K. It really is about the Adeles, Duffys and Amys. It does have a negative impact, and you question it. A Black female artist singing soul music versus a White artist singing soul or whatever you want to call it, we don’t seem to get the same kind of love that they do. Not to say that I don’t feel Amy Winehouse deserves to have that spotlight on her, but everybody should get the same opportunity and I don’t think [the U.K.’s Black female] artists do. “

( Hilary Mwelwa one half of British Soul/R&B duo Hill St. Soul talks to Essence.com )

7 replies »

  1. I don´t like amy nor adele. but the problem is not their skin color it is about their missing talent and professional style. there is also “black coloured” singers with no talent in the UK and they take the place of real talents.

    . so the problem is never the colour not if you consider the persons. rather the lack of equality. two person with relativly the same talent and ability – majors mostly decide for the lighter skinned. that might be too much true..

  2. rubbish linda… absolute rubbish!!! dont mean to be rude!!!
    but i hear it all the time
    (its not the colour) ( so what is it then?)
    live in a bubble if you want to babe
    but
    do you think hill st soul doesnt have a brain enough to distinguish between whether its the music or the singer or the skin colour…
    its not about liking amy or disliking amy
    but its about being tolerant of a system that is squeezing the life out of a certain style of music in this country…
    the black singers that take the place of the right singers are protected to some degree by getting in the dooor at the right time !!! ( one in one out)
    its about money !!!
    but it deeper its about a system that recognizes that generallly the middle england massive are a little more comfortable buying a singer that looks like them … and now they’ve thrown all caution to the wind .. and are sticking to a principle ..
    but if your in the industry linda?
    are you?
    you will notice that the avenues that are open to some HAVE NEVER BEEN OPEN TO OTHERS!!!
    HILL ST SOUL HAS BEEN ON THE EDGE OF THE MAINSTREAM FOR A LONG TIME SO SHE KNOWS..
    SHE IS NOT BEING AGGRESSIVE!
    but she saying it…
    dont be caught up in polical correctness…
    or fair is fair.. reallly look at the equation here….

    now … which black singer would you say has relatively equal talent to amy winehouse!!
    and where are they .. in the public scheme of things..
    sorry to blaze …
    but i’m tired of people sitting on fences
    your helping the situation get worse by not acknowledging WE HAVE A PROBLEM MY DEAR LINDA
    WE REALLY DO..
    ty
    whe

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