James Brown

The W Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour, Pleasance

In 2005, the San Franciscan comedian W Kamau Bell joked that Barack Obama's name was "too black" to see him elected president. Despite this apparent lack of foresight, Bell's gentle yet challenging exploration of race and racism already looks set to be one of the most insightful Fringe shows this year.

Solomon Burke: last of the great soul men

He's a 30-stone ladies' man with 89 grandchildren; a mortician-turned-preacher who claims to be a king; a friend of Malcolm X who played for the Ku Klux Klan... Ahead of his performance at Glastonbury tonight, Solomon Burke, soul legend, tells his amazing, contradictory life story

Album: Various Artists, More Dirty Laundry (Trikont)

His record company, so legend has it, blew a gasket when Bobby Womack wanted to release a country album titled Black In The Saddle Again; and when it eventually appeared as BW Goes C&W, they simply ignored it, hoping nobody on either side of America’s racial divide would notice.