In November of last year, the beloved soul singer Sharon Jones passed away at the age of 60, leaving music fans around the world crushed. Jones’ story was one of triumph, getting her first big break at the age of 40 and, years later, overcoming cancer and returning to the stage. Throughout her life, Jones was a longtime member of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders, at New York City’s Universal Church of God, writing a number of songs for the group throughout the years. Today, Daptone Records has released a brand-new tune by Sharon Jones, “Call On God”, which was completed posthumously and features members of her lifetime choir on back up vocals.Sharon Jones’ Final Album With The Dap-Kings To Be Posthumously ReleasedThe beloved songstress wrote “Call On God” in the late 70s for E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders; the song was originally recorded by Jones and the Dap-Kings during the sessions for their 2007 album 100 Days, 100 Nights, with Jones laying out the vocals live with her band as well as the piano parts. Jones’ vision for the gospel number was so inspiring that the group decided to record a full gospel album, setting aside “Call On God” for the project, though the gospel album unfortunately never came to fruition.During Jones’ memorial service in December of last year, Pastor Margot Fields, the widow of Jones’ longtime gospel choir leader E.L. Fields, presided over the ceremony, and original members of the Gospel Wonders flew in from all around the country to attend the service, with Jones’ former choirmates performing a special tribute during the ceremony in her honor.Following the service, these singers joined Bosco Mann and the Dap-Kings at the Daptone House of Soul studios, lending their voices to finish Jones’ gospel track that had fallen by the wayside, “Call On God”. Jones had always been adamant that she wanted background vocals on the track, so during this studio session, the members of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders sang with Sharon Jones once again, marking a truly cathartic moment as they adding their background vocals to Jones’ song that she had written for them back in the 70s.Take a listen to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Call On God” below.
‘Ghost of McCarthyism’ Chinese officials took over the premises of the US consulate in Chengdu on Monday, while the last Chinese diplomats left the consulate in Houston on Friday, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security, in the latest tit-for-tat blows exchanged by the rivals.Trump’s administration has ramped up pressure on China on a wide range of issues, imposing sanctions over policies in Tibet and Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are believed to have been rounded up and held in re-education camps. The United States has also downgraded relations with Hong Kong after China implemented a new security law which Washington says is in violation of Beijing’s promises of autonomy for the territory.Disputes between the two sides over a host of other issues ranging from blame for the COVID-19 pandemic to state-run media have resulted in the expulsions of journalists from both countries as well as sanctions against top officials. The US has also in recent weeks declared China’s geopolitical claims in the South China Sea fundamentally illegal, and sent two aircraft carriers to that region to underscore the point.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Thursday for the “free world” to triumph over what he said was a “new tyranny” from China, implying that former US President Richard Nixon’s move to normalize relations with China in the 1970s was a mistake.Wang in turn said on Tuesday that the US had become “the biggest perpetrator to destroy the current international order,” and called Pompeo’s remarks a sign of “the ghost of McCarthyism coming back from the ashes.” China’s foreign minister on Tuesday slammed the US for “reckless provocation of confrontation” after both sides ordered tit-for-tat closures of each other’s consulates, but called for “rational communication” between the two powers.Wang Yi warned in a call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian that China-US relations could “fall into the abyss of confrontation”, according to a transcript published by the Chinese foreign ministry.He also called for the international community to resist “any unilateral or hegemonic act”, it said. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks in an intensifying standoff between Washington and Beijing, with the US mission in Chengdu ordered to shut on Monday in retaliation for the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.”The US reckless provocation of confrontation and division is so out of touch with the reality that the interests of China and the United States are deeply integrated,” Wang said.But the two sides should “engage in rational communication” and “never allow a few anti-China elements to overturn decades of successful exchanges and cooperation”, he added. Topics :
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