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Issue 1093

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Nubiyan Twist: EartH, Hackney, London 23/3/19

Nubiyan Twist: EartH, Hackney, London 23/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com
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Since their debut self-titled album dropped in 2015, there's been a lot of excitement around Nubiyan Twist. Their fusion of jazz, funk, soul and practically everything in between has won them a devoted army of fans, who showed up in force when they took to the stage in London.

The show, at EartH in Hackney, was the culmination of a successful UK tour... Latest LP "Jungle Run" was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim, and the 10-piece act had the crowd transfixed from the moment they arrived onstage.

Such is the musical versatility of the group that they were four songs in before lead singer Nubiya Brandon took to the stage.

Drummer and guitarist Pilo Adami took centre stage on "Borders", while Nick Richards performed "Tell It To Me Slowly" with grace and power.

They are a well-drilled act, and Brandon was in top form as she performed a note-perfect "Jungle Run". They covered a lot of ground during their set and at times the applause was deafening.

It is sad news for the group that Brandon will be leaving for pastures new, but with a strong musical foundation and a diverse wealth of material to choose from, the future remains bright.

Versions of "Brother", "Addis to London" and "Basa Basa" gave members the chance to show off their dexterity.

If you haven't checked out their new record yet, give it a go.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz

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