It is love on display — that brilliant smile, that mane, that alluring accent and the manner in which she makes sure we understand what she has to say. This British Queen of Urban Soul, this embodiment of stately sound, brings a nation to its feet and knocks weak ones to the ground. When I think back on my time spent in London and moving through places and spaces of historic significance on this European island that once laid claim to the world as they knew it, and still has such significant influence to this nation.
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