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Ben l'Oncle Soul: KOKO

by Gig Reporters 2012

Making the genre of Jazz music cool and current again for the musical youth of today, this is Ben l’Oncle Soul. The French pop and soul singer came to the industry’s attention when he appeared on popular television show ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ back in 2011. Bringing his own take on Jazz, Ben’s style has become popular for it’s quirky and expressive style, reminiscent of other renowned international pop artists the likes of Seu Jorge and Serge Gainsbourg. Recognisable tracks for Ben have come in covers such as the White Stripes signature “Seven Nation Army”, The Police’s “Roxanne” and John Lennon’s beautiful “Jealous Guy” where he has added his own personal stamp on these classics and made them his own.

Already with one album to his name, his self-titled debut ‘Ben l’Oncle Soul’ which featured his “Seven Nation Army” rendition, the album was released in 2010 by renowned label Motown Records. Still going strong and his fan base continually growing, Ben and his unique style and interpretation of jazz have won him many admirers.

This March, Ben is set to play a number of gigs across the globe in countries the likes of Japan, Italy and Russia. But before his music was about to venture into other parts of the world, Ben took the spirit of Jazz and Soul to intimate indie pop venue KOKO where on Monday 12th March 2012 he played to a small group of fans. WinkBall video reporters Matt and Stefan were down at KOKO to speak to fans asking them what had brought them down to see Ben l’Oncle perform. With his distinct brand of souk music, fans were asked what they loved about his music and who did they compare his sound most closely to?

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