MUSIC MATTERS - Keep Coventry legends Hazel O'Connor and Taz Singh in your thoughts - The Coventry Observer

10th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS - Keep Coventry legends Hazel O'Connor and Taz Singh in your thoughts

Coventry Editorial 17th Mar, 2022

COVENTRY Music Museum Curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.

Hazel update

Many of you will be aware that Coventry legend Hazel O’Connor has not been well and is recovering from bleeding of the brain, and has began a long a difficult journey to get back to good health.

I have kept pretty quiet on the subject, as Hazel is a personal friend and I feel that her personal life should remain private.

Having said that, once the news got out so many people have sent in thousands of messages of support for the Coventry singer – Hazel is loved by so many people.

The last update from her brother Neil reads like this: Today, Monday, February 21, Hazel begins the next stage of her recovery – her re-education. So lots of physio and tests. Apparently she is excited to start though she’ll have to go gradually for now.

During the last couple of weeks she’s had the opportunity to go outside and see her dogs for cuddles, it did her the world of good.

Everyone is amazed at her progress and I shall be phoning the hospital today to see how she’s settled into this new facility.

Thanks for being there for her, she’s very much aware of all the love that comes her way from everyone.

So big love to Hazel an amazing human being, I know all my readers will want to send positive thoughts.

Taz Singh

One of the reasons I felt the time was right to talk about Hazel is due to the fact that another Coventry musical legend is also very ill right now – Taz Singh (Johnny Zee or Stereo Nation).

The news report says that Coventry’s own Bollywood legend is in a coma and fighting for his life in hospital.

Legend is a word so overused, but sometimes, just sometimes, the epithet is a perfect adjective to describe someone who has come from humble beginning and left his mark in a global fashion.

Taz has gone beyond the realms of just pop star or singer.

Nurtured by Dr Neville Staple (formerly The Specials and The Fun Boy Three), Taz’s ‘Hit the Deck’ album defined him as an artist and that pushed boundaries.

His mainstreaming of Asian Fusion music became the blueprint for others to follow, and his ability to know what worked with what transcended popular Asian music.

It’s easy to see why he is described as the Pioneer Of Pop Fusion – he does all that with ease, whether he is playing soul music, dance and Bollywood or experimenting with ‘R ‘n’ B’, he goes beyond the norm – each song an experience, each performance a memory.

His record sales are the envy of many other artists. When you talk of Taz, you are talking about a global artist that not only has the number one hits, but massive world sales.

Yes, he’s a singer, record producer, master collaborator, Bollywood film director, but away from the dazzle of the lights,

I know Taz enough to see the real man, the charitable man, the human being, always giving the time to his fans and always the same old ‘Cov Kid’ when it comes to his friends and family.

Keep fighting Taz, keep fighting you have so much more to give.

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