Soulsations

Sundays at 6pm

Soulsations takes listeners on an engaging musical journey of R&B and Gospel music.

You’ll hear the sounds of Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, dubbed the best kept secret in the industry, musical innovators Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye along with other tunes from Motown’s golden era. You’ll discover the distinct sounds of contemporary gospel from Yolanda Adams to the long-time a cappella gospel quartet the Fairfield Four, known as house wreckers because they “bring down the house” when they perform.

We’ll also showcase new works from seasoned R&B veterans including Al Green and Aretha Franklin plus gospel siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans. Join Carla Eckels Sunday evenings for an hour of pure musical enjoyment.

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Sunday, November 10

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Incognito. The British jazz/funk/soul band is celebrating 40 years in the industry. Their new release, Tomorrow’s New Dream, features several collaborations, including with artists Phil Perry, Maysa and Take 6.

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Sunday, November 3

Hear music from 70s funk and disco group KC and The Sunshine Band. Lead singer, Harry Wayne Casey ("KC") tells Forbes.com how he came to co-write the popular tune, "I’m Your Boogie Man":  

"'I'm Your Boogie Man" was written because I would fill in for my friend who was a DJ. Just growing up listening to the radio stations and how much interaction the DJs had, not only in my life but everybody's life growing up because they sometimes became the key people who we listened to every day and every night, they're always there. I just considered them the boogie man, 'I'm your boogie man, that's what I am/I'm here to do whatever I can/Be it early morning, late afternoon or midnight/It's never too soon.' So it was off that experience I created that lyric. I was thinking about the DJs being the key point of that."

The song, released in 1977, became an international hit.  KC and The Sunshine Band will be in concert November 16 at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, Kansas.

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Sunday, October 27

Sunday on Soulsations, hear the engaging sounds of international favorite Loose Ends featuring vocalist Jean Eugene. After 35 years, this British soul group  continues to travel throughout the U.S., blazing the stage with their hits "Hanging On A String (Contemplating)" and "Watching You (Watching Me)."

Sunday, October 20

“The Funk is Back” Sunday on Soulsations. The Brand New Heavies, known as the grand masters of British soul, funk and jazz, are back with fresh new grooves featuring R&B vocalists N’Dea Davenport (veteran lead singer with TBNH), Siedah Garrett, and Angie Stone.

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Sunday, October 13

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Live in London and More release by recording new music there. McClurkin will discuss his music and writing style Sunday on Soulsations. We also remember Malcolm "Molly" Duncan, co-founder of the Average White Band (AWB). He is responsible for the phenomenal sax solo on the 70's tune, “Pick Up The Pieces.”

Sunday, October 6

Hear engaging  soul and gospel music from the legendary Gladys Knight, Sunday on Soulsations.  Known as the “Empress of Soul,” she’s won seven Grammy awards and has recorded more than 38 albums in her career – spanning more than five decades. Knight is scheduled to perform at the Kansas Star Event Center Arena in Mulvane, Kansas, on October 12.

September 22, 2019

Hear new R&B music from trio LaSharVu. These vocal powerhouses from the UK are featured on the new release from Reel People. The singers, LaDonna Harley Peters, Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga, cover a hit made popular in the '70s by R&B singer Teena Marie.

Sunday, September 15

Hear new music from R&B singer Angie Stone's latest album, Full Circle, Sunday on Soulsations.

If you love the R&B and gospel you hear each week on Soulsations, as well as KMUW's other musical offerings, be sure to support KMUW during our fall pledge drive and make a pledge now.

Sunday, September 8

It's been just over a year since the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died. Since her death, a posthumous Pulitzer Prize was awarded in 2019. The gospel film Amazing Grace, featuring segments of her 1972 performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, was released. Her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, recently named a stretch of Lodge highway the Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway, and an Aretha biopic is reportedly in the works. 

Join us at 6 p.m. for an encore presentation of Soulsations' Aretha Franklin remembrance, featuring reflections from the community about the legendary singer.

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Sunday, September 1

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq. Saadiq's new album Jimmy Lee was inspired by the circumstances surrounding the death of his older brother due to drug addiction. It's his first new album in eight years. Saadiq says this album is a little darker in its storytelling. It's described as "deeply personal." We'll hear the lead single "Something Keeps Calling Me."

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