Birmingham Symphony Hall
Anyone who has tickets for any of his UK shows is in for an absolute treat – easily the show of the year and possibly in my top 5 gigs of all time. But first lets talk about opener local girl Laura Mvula. Accompanied only by her long time collaborator on drums, loops, keyboards and occasional guitar she commanded the stage from start to finish. She has a remarkable voice – the closing living singer to Nina Simone.The opening numbers were very electronic jazzy spacey affairs and then she was left alone on stage for Father Father with just her piano. Emotional doesn’t begin to describe it but the final number saw her drummer return to the stage and they played a long drum and voice song with her incredible dancing – it was sexy, rhythmic and heart stopping. Earlier in the set she emotionally told her home town audience that she was last on this stage when she graduated from the conservatoire.She thanked her parents who were in the audience for all the running around to rehearsals for piano and violin and was grateful that they put up with her scraping out » Continue Reading.