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Raphael Saadiq: Indig02 27/04/09

Raphael Saadiq: Indig02 27/04/09
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This man has collaborated with a list of artists longer than a plane ticket from London to California, and to the enthusiasm of fans, myself included, he was in the capital during his European tour to delight and excite.

The night began to the funk infused sounds of supporting act Mama̢۪s Gun. Led by A.P a special highlight has to be given to the UK boys, The Professor, Eighties, Spiller and Union Jack. Where other support acts fall short or fail to lift the mood, Mama̢۪s Gun rocked the a slow filling indigo with itchy keys and funky bases, insuring people left with another interesting find and setting in motion what was to be a musical journey of an evening.
By the time the lights dimmed a filled capacity waited for the Multi Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and producer Raphael. Along with a electrifying band and opening with songs from his new album ‘The Way I See It’ and throughout, the night embraced a cool Motown vibe.

Charismatic and Dressed in a mustard suit and black tie, his performance was as electrifying as his attire. With energetic dances from the band and himself, he switched between slow tracks like ‘oh girl‘ to two-step energy filled ‘Keep Marching‘ and ‘Sure Hope You Mean It‘ with his unique soothing voice silencing the crowd in parts and moving emotions in others. The Sam Cook cover ‘Summertime’ was a also executed to perfect but saying that you could feel the anticipation from the crowd for some Lucy Pearl treats and Mr Saadiq didn’t disappoint. Rewinding to 2000 he sung classic’s like ‘dance tonight’ and a extended ‘don’t mess with my man’ the later of which was held together beautifully by his backing vocalist as if Dawn Robinson herself was singing.

In summary it was a live gig that young aspiring artist should take note from and others most go see. Genuinely refreshing to see that an artist of such varied talent̢۪s still works hard on his first discipline, his music.
Words ALI RAYMOND

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