Modern-day soul greats revive the genre


Go behind the scenes with the late music legends Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and the Grammy-nominated Daptone Records family in "Living on Soul."

The music documentary, now available on The Orchard On Digital and On Demand, follows Daptone Records artists on their sold out, three-night show at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem in 2014.

One of the directors of "Living on Soul," Jeff Broadway, who followed the entertainers, spoke with Salon's Alli Joseph about memorable moments he spent with Jones and Bradley.

Daptone Records was family founded by Bosco Mann and Neal Sugarman in 2001 around the concept of giving soul and funk music a new platform, channelling the spirits of bygone powerhouses. The founders' Jewish heritage could be seen as a juxtaposition to the genres rich in African American tradition, but according to Broadway, the topic was a non-starter for the founders and the artists.

"They didn't ever really seem phased by that," Broadway said. "And it's kinda a question that they always skirt. You know none of the people in that family are ever interested in entertaining the conversation. They're just all music nerds."

Broadway noted that artists like Jones and Bradley didn't find popularity as artists until their later years. According to Broadway, Bradley is an inspiration for never giving up no matter how late in life you are. A sentiment that rings true throughout the whole documentary.

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