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Listen to Marvin's Room May. 12, from Stevie Wonder to The Weeknd
Amanda Parris


May 12, 2017


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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Amanda Parris is the host of the new CBC Radio 2 show Marvin's Room.
Listen to Marvin's Room, May 12th 2017

Marvin's Room with Amanda Parris on CBC Radio


This weekend is a special one. It’s dedicated to the women who have nurtured and raised generations. Whether through blood or simply through love, if there is anyone who holds that role in your life; mother, grandmother, auntie, elder, teacher…whoever, please acknowledge, honour and celebrate them. We’ll be doing a little bit of that too.

Boyz II Men - A Song For Mama
The Jackson 5 – Can You Feel It
Stevie Wonder – Do I Do
Drake – Blem
Witch Prophet f/ Lucas Silveira – Listen
Brandy – Full Moon
Sylo Nozra – Losing Myself
The Weeknd f/ Kendrick Lamar - Sidewalks
Desiire – Reckless
Merna - The Exception
Ms. Lauryn Hill – To Zion

Boyz To Men - A Song For Mama

From Pablo Escobar in Narcos to Frank Lucas in American Gangster, film and television have told us countless stories of ruthless drug lords. These are guys who kill without remorse and get rich off the suffering of so many. But Pablo and Frank share something else in common: they have a soft spot for their mom’s. Mothers, grandmothers, they have the power to bring out the thug tears in the hardest dudes...and I’m about to get you really in your feelings.

There’s really only one way to celebrate this weekend. It’s the quintessential Mother’s Day anthem, a necessary addition to any soundtrack for this weekend. It’s super sappy and sweet to the point of cavities. The video even features the singers crooning inside of teardrops, it’s that cheesy. But if there was ever a time for corny emo dedications, Mother’s Day is it.

The Jacksons - Can You Feel It?

Before Thriller gave everyone nightmares, before Bad had us looking for air vents to scream in front of and before Remember the Time had us practicing classic choreography in our living room, there was “Can You Feel It?” Do you remember the video? Jackie, Randy, Tito, Marlon and Michael are glowing god-like figures spreading stardust glitter over a city skyline. Michael lifts a rainbow over his head before creating a ball of fire with his bare hands, as a crowd below stares and points in awe. I know. It doesn’t sound as amazing as a Billie Jean moonwalk but it was the start of Michael’s journey as a visual mastermind. The entire video was conceptualized by MJ and in the early ‘80’s that glittering stardust was the cutting edge of special effects.

Check it out below and feel free to play intergalactic air guitar with Tito.

The Weeknd f/ Kendrick Lamar - Sidewalks

When two artists at the top of their game come together, the result can either be magical
like Method Man and Mary J. Blige’s classic Hip Hop love song “You’re All I Need” or horribly disappointing like Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder’s disastrous duet “Ebony and Ivory.” AT this moment, you can’t get two bigger artists than Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. In December every single from The Weeknd’s album “Starboy” hit the Billboard Hot 100 and right now all 14 tracks from Kendrick’s album “Damn” have also charted. Today both of these guys are at the top of their game. You let me know if their collaboration has struck magic or is another addition in the dustbin of disappointments. (Warning: There is swearing in this video)

Stevie Wonder - Do I Do

We played the radio edit but check out the album version below. It’s over 10 minutes long of “honey-suckle chocolate chipping kisses” and includes Stevie rapping and a trumpet solo from Dizzy Gillespie. Your two-step will definitely get a workout.

Ms. Lauryn Hill f/ Santana – “To Zion”

In the mid-90’s there was no Hip Hop group bigger than The Fugees. Made up of Wyclef Jean, Pras and Lauryn Hill, The Fugees were a meeting ground between Hip Hop and R&B, with sprinkles of reggae and calypso that crossed over into mainstream appeal
while maintaining street cred. They were the epitome of cool. But in the midst of their tour, Lauryn Hill met Rohan Marley (the son of Bob Marley). They fell in love and Lauryn became pregnant with her first child.

This moment marked the turning point. Lauryn stopped touring and recording and became inspired to write. She wrote over 30 songs in her attic studio in New Jersey. Some of those songs became music for Cece Winans and Aretha Franklin but the majority went to her opus,
the album considered by many to be one of the greatest of all times: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

One song on the album was a dedication to her son Zion, the baby that helped inspire Lauryn’s creative peak.

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