Tennerz: Joey Negro feat. Diane Charlemagne – Prove That You’re Feelin Me (Joey Negro Club Mix) (Z Records)
Don’t ever tell Joey Negro ‘Disco sucks’! As he has never missed an opportunity to keep its vibe alive. Therefore standing among its finest ambassadors along with Danny Krivit and Dimitri from Paris. But if ever you feel so (in other words that Disco sucks), you might pretty well change your mind when havin’ a listen to ‘Prove That You’re Feelin Me’. If not to ‘Everything’ featuring Lifford Shillingford…
Lucky we are, Joey Negro didn’t come with one but two rumblin’ gems as an a starter to his upcomin’ album. Teamin’ up with the late Diane Charlemagne on the Chic-esque ‘Prove That You’re Feelin Me’ featuring Tony Remy on guitar. Therefore, pretty hard not to find a parental link with Diana Ross‘s classic ‘Upside Down’. Don’t you think?
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An incredible vocal talent and some definitive writing skills have allowed Diane Charlemagne to embrace like very few countless forms of music. From R&B to Soul, Jazz, House and Drum & Bass.
The Manchester native first rose to fame back at the end of the 80’s along with R&B band 52nd Street. With ‘Tell Me (How It Feels)’ standing as their best jam ever.
Managed by the ex-wife of Tony Wilson (the Hacienda), she eventually collaborated with Howie B and Doobie (of the Soul II Soul fame).
She got her breakthrough under the form of the memorable ‘Inner City Life’ where she shared the duties with famous junglist Goldie. She would then follow with a couple of hits as the lead singer of Urban Cookie Collective. The end of the 90’s seeing her digging deeper into Dance Music territories along with Judge Jules. But also Mutiny UK, K-Klass and Satoshi Tomiie. Not to mention Moby whom she’d toured with.
She is also renowned for her collaborations with UK Disco Don Joey Negro. Remember ‘Prove That You’re Feelin Me’ among others. If not her contribution to ‘Must Be The Music’. And she also happened to jam along with Opolopo on ‘Round And Round’. A cut which sadly saw the light on Z Records a few weeks before her passing.
Diagnosed with kidney cancer the previous year, Charlemagne sadly died of the disease on Oct. 28 2015, at the age of 51…