I haven’t kicked into full time concert going again, and I probably never shall. Not just because I have no money, not just because I’m old enough now to not have the energy, but also because after that awful Bright Eyes gig last week (here), I can’t take the hassle for exceedingly small reward. The exception is the Afrobeats Nigerian Queen, Yemi Alade. The moment tickets went on sale for her October 6th, 2021 Le Poisson Rouge gig I was there. Of course I was.
In 2019 I first listened to the 32 year old singer songwriter on Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift “My Power” and followed it in 2020 with Yemi’s masterful Empress. Earlier this year she dropped “Enjoyment” and today we received the EP Queendomcom (geddit?), seven songs of lovely and femme centric African pop songs. While there is nothing as immediately enthralling as “Yoyoyo,” everything travels between African House and Nigerian pop crafts. It is all great. And “Sweety” is an immensely lovely, dance hall accented, pop dream track.
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music