On Friday June 29, I had my first ever headline show. I still can’t believe how surreal it felt to be on stage and feel so at home.
I’ll be releasing my first single called FOREVER in a few days and to commemorate that occasion, my team and I wanted a few key people and dear friends to hear it first. So, we organized a jam session, with a live band. I performed covers of popular songs while our guests snacked on chips and sodas and cheered us on.
I’m a generous person, so I chose not to hog the stage. My good friend Jason Nkwain, poet and spoken word artist, took the stage to perform some of his works like Have You Ever Seen An African Dance.
T. Nayah; fellow singer/songwriter, blessed our audiences with a powerful rendition of Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) among other songs.
We solicited the help of a world class band. For their simple love for music, they took on the challenge of learning the songs in a matter of days. Boy oh boy, did they deliver;
JaJa a Congolese acoustic guitarist played with the soul of an African musician, weaving such organic afro rhythms into the music, and everyone was left in awe of his talent.
That night, Kinobe assumed the role of bass guitarist, one of the many instruments he has mastered. Not only did he play to impress, he also brought this band together for the occasion.
Kinobe didn’t come alone. His brother Richard played the the acoustic drums that night and did so with such rhythmic beauty.
Julian was the star instrumentalist of the night, with his magical fingers on the keyboard. He was as versatile as every musician wants their pianist to be, weaving seamlessly from afro sounds to more western styles.
The drums were manned by a young drummer named Ogmend, who delivered a stellar performance after only a few hours of rehearsal, as he was a last minute addition to the band.
This group of amazing musicians did such a great job that some of our guests were moved take the stage themselves for some freestyle tunes.
Everyone loved it. It was a crowd of under 30 people and yet, the room felt electric. The new single will be released on July 29 2018, exactly 1 month after this show. If that night is anything to go by, then the reception of this single will be just as inspiring.