Top of the Morning, Pilgrims
I have to admit that there are some gigs that I cover that I have to keep in check all my ‘envy’ when I see a really, really good performance. So much so, if you ever hear me muttering while I’m shooting a gig, what you might hear me saying, in a Homer Simpsonesque voice is, “Lousy Talented Punk!” So that we’re clear: while I may be grumbling on like that, it does not diminish for a second how much respect and awe I have towards said talented ‘punks’.
Take yesterday’s performance of Bass guitarist, Richard Bona, at the Barbican. I have a theory that before this talented maestro came into the world, The Lord Almighty must have placed with Richard, bass strings while he was in his mother’s womb. I actually believe that, if you were to ask Richard Bona’s mother what it was like during her pregnancy, and I am sure she’d have stories to tell!
But joking apart, if you’ve never seen Richard Bona live or heard any of his music before, I would highly recommend him. The guy is a genius on bass. Not only that, he can also sing at the same time. I mean, I try ‘singing’ while taping to beat and I mess that up!! Check out his latest album, ’10 Shades of Blue’. My Personal favourite: ‘Shiva Mantra’.
I can’t believe I made a rookie mistake for this shot: Always get the full shot… if you can!)
As for yesterday’s support act, the best way of describing Hindi Zahra’s style of music is like a Erykah Badu combo with Jazzyfatnastees. This lady brings sexy back in a sultry way when it comes to singing.