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Celebrating Black History: Pioneers of house music

A trip through the timeline of dance music

  • Harrison Williams
  • 21 February 2017
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Kym Mazelle

Although the house music scene was spawned from the LGBTQ community, mostly with African American men, Kym Mazelle led the way for female artists in the house movement. Her sensual and soulful vocals were first on display with the original ‘Useless (I Don't Need You Now)’ produced by Marshall Jefferson in 1988. It possessed all the makings of a quintessential house track, steady jacking rhythms with an overall raw motif making it a dance floor bomb.

She continued to be a prominent figure in the scene with collaborations with Soul II Soul and Robert Howard, plus numerous originals found on labels like Parlophone, Capitol Records, EMI and more helped keep her in the spotlight throughout her career.

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