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Tuesday
Mar202012

The Ladies of Axel F: Sade

e k davis continues our Ladies of Axel F tribute with more incomparable Warrior Women of song. Be there on March 24 to hear them all night.

Helen Folasade Adu
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
The original Smooth Operator

Monday
Mar192012

The Ladies of Axel F: Jane Eugene

Music writer and Axel F fam W. Jacarl Melton helps us continue the celebration of the Ladies of Axel F. Be there on March 24 to hear them all night.

Without question, there are scores of Axel F women who held their own during the era.

Teena. Evelyn. Chaka. You know who they are.

But what about ladies like Jane Eugene of Loose Ends?

Much like another Axel F icon, Jody Watley, Jane was the lone woman in a trio. And like Jody, the two dudes effectively played second chair to the group's female focal point. Carl McIntosh was also key, but Jane's vocals were the center piece of their bigger tracks.

While Eugene and her colleagues hailed from the UK, folks stateside ate up the Loose Ends' sound. In 1985, "Hangin' On A String" became the first track by a British group to reach #1 on the US Billboard R&B chart. Almost off the bat, Jane asserts herself. Remember: She is not your play thing.

I'd be remiss if I didn't point out a lesser known but beautifully orchestrated Loose Ends' joint highlighting Jane: "Choose Me"

While she wasn't a stand-alone artist, Jane Eugene's vocal prowess was on par with her solo-tracking peers which allowed her to shine on every song she graced.

Friday
Mar162012

The Ladies of Axel F: Teena Marie

Celebrating the Ladies of Axel F. Be there on March 24 to hear them all night.

Mary Christine Brockert
Santa Monica, California
Our Vanilla Child who got Behind the Groove and became our Lovergirl.

- e k davis

Friday
Mar162012

The Ladies of Axel F: Chaka Khan

Thanks to Axel F Facebook fam member and bodyroll all-star e k davis for helping us salute the Ladies of Axel F. Be there on March 24 to hear them all night.

Given that we are observing Women’s History Month 2012, we felt it appropriate to highlight some of the Mother Pillars of Axel F in their early glory. This sisterhood, resplendent in feathers, fringes, fans, and fur; baptized us in beats, showed us how to groove, and wove the soundtracks of our youth.

We hereby present our gallery, lovingly curated.

Yvette Marie Stevens.
Chicago, Illinois
Rufus’ Muse. EveryWoman.

Thursday
Mar082012

Happy International Women's Day

We're also in Women's History Month, which for us means that we're fortifying our crates for the Ladies of Axel F on March 24. Don't miss it! All of your favorite sister icons from the '80s, ALL NIGHT!

Let's start our homage with A Taste of Honey, the original ladies of the eighties.

Despite a mild case of asian exotification, we're loving Hazel Payne's koto skills on this Smokey Robinson cover. Show up styling like Janice-Marie Johnson in this clip and we might have to work out an Axel F VIP deal for you.