Marvin's Room is the home of R&B on CBC. The show airs Friday 7:00 p.m on Radio 2, Sunday 8:00 p.m on Radio 1, Wednesday at 4:00 a.m and Friday at 3:00 p.m on SiriusXM.
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The Marvin's Room R&B Stream
Explore the world of R&B, 24 hours a day 7 days a week with our new "Marvin's Room R&B" stream. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Deborah Cox.
Explore the world of R&B from neo-soul to trap soul and everything in between. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Usher, Deborah Cox
Dance To The Music
Sly and the Family Stone are credited with changing the sounds of soul music forever with their psychedelic experiments. In the late 60’s record executives weren’t looking for innovation, they wanted a hit. The legendary Clive Davis demanded that Sly and the Family Stone craft a more commercial sound for their next album and so they complied and made a watered down version of their style, one that band members called “unhip glorified Motown beats.” The song was called “Dance to the Music” and although the band dissed it the public loved it. Music fans and other musicians in the industry thought it was revolutionary. They had created a blend of rock guitar riffs, with funk basslines and gospel style organs. The song featured not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR co-lead singers and the band combined male and female, black and white musicians. The music industry had never experienced anything quite like Sly and the Family Stone. “Dance to the Music” became one of the most influential songs of the 60’s. It inspired groups such as The Temptations,The Supremes and The Impressions and with their new-found sway over the industry the experiments of Sly and the Family Stone helped to establish a genre later known as funk music.
(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
There are songs that make you dance, there are songs that make you reminisce, songs that provoke a smile and songs that make you cry. The song "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano" by the UK soul singer Sampha completely breaks your heart. Written after his mother died from cancer, Sampha sings of his piano but also of his mother who haunts every note. It is simple and devastating
in the best way music can be.
Love Of My Life
Since it’s origins rap music has gone through a ton of evolutions, from the raw flow of the old school to the jazzy afrocentricism of the early 90’s and the rage and swag of West Coast gangsta rap it has has a ton of variations under its belt. Back in the mid-90’s Common documented rap music’s journey in one of the greatest rap songs ever made - “I Used to Love H.E.R.”
A few years later Erykah Badu created a soulful follow up, A sister song to the original and a tribute to the genre that has now raised generations. Check out Erykah Badu's incredible video for “Love of My Life.”
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