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Raheem DeVaughN: Jazz Cafe 30/09/10

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Raheem Devuaghn: R&B Hippie Neo-Soul Rock Star; yes itâs know thatâs quite a mouthful, but at his recent stint of concerts at Jazz Café, he showed us how he was all those things and more. The night starts out with Raheem in a dinner suit complete with bow tie and glasses, and a painter with a blank canvas set up on stage; immediately you know this was going to be a concert with a difference.

Opening with the song 'Revelations 2010' from his current album 'The Love and War Masterpiece' Raheem dipped in and out of his three albums for over 90 minutes to the constant appeal of his fans. To keep the energy going Raheem sang his Grammy nominated track 'Woman' from his sophomore album 'Love Behind The Melody', before going back to his debut album 'The Love Experience' for the track 'Guess Who Loves You More'. By this point the tie, glasses and jacket had been removed, all in time for Raheem to slow things down and really show his vocal talent in a selection of his ballads. 'Love Drug', 'Believe', 'Marathon', 'Desire' and others, all of which drew in the crowd and brought to life all these songs that have been played in stereos so many times over the years. The track Energy changed the pace of the night, and had people ready to dance, but Raheem was not through with mesmerizing his crowd.

Ripping off his shirt, Raheem covered a selection of classic soul hits including 'Love and Happiness', 'Cruisinâ', and 'Lets get It On'. Closely matching the raw emotion and sexual energy of the original singers, the ladies in the crowd were so enthralled by Raheem that when he requested ladies throw him their underwear, one lady in the front row happily complied. Continuing to turn up the heat Raheem then launched into his own babymaking selection of songs from his current album 'Microphone' and 'B.O.B'. Indeed if thereâs a small influx of babies born in 9 months (circa June 2011) would not be in the least bit surprised following all the swooning that took place at this concert.

To round off the night, Raheem as part of his encore sang his recent hit single 'I Donât Care' and 'The Greatness', again to the pleasure of the crowd, who then happily joined him as he danced down the line just like on the television Soul Train.

Overall Raheem put on a remarkable show for his fans, making sure there was something for everybody, and ensuring that all elements of his R&B Hippie Neo-Soul Rock Star persona was on show. This concert confirmed in honesty had been seen from his sophomore album, which is that Raheem is not only a talented vocalist, but that he has removed himself from the âneo-soulâ label, and produced beautiful music to educate, soothe, and enliven his listener. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all, especially that special lady who left wearing less that she came with. And as for the painter with the blank canvas, well the masterpiece he created as Raheem sang was as beautiful, colourful, and amazing as Raheemâs concert.
Words Richard 'Ricardito' Ashie

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