Mavis got soul to spare

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If you like a heavy dose of politics with your music — and you have a little soul — you’re going to love the city’s next guest talent, Mavis Staples.

The soul and gospel legend came from a family group, The Staple Singers — also known for its strong stance on human rights, declared through songs such as

Her father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples, had a long, close friendship with civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jnr, which reflected on the band’s direction.

Breaking out solo, Mavis has become a well-respected singer in her own right.

Her 2010 album,

In last year’s album

By revisiting her blues/funk roots, Mavis Staples is sombre and enchanting: songs like

The soul singer has honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Columbia College in Chicago.

Mavis Staples is appearing at the O2 ABC next Wednesday (July 9) and tickets for the gig are £23.

You can order your tickets on or by calling 0844 477 2000.