Friday, 23 July 2010

GIG REVIEW: Melanie Fiona Live at Jazz Café, London


Energetic, fantastic, amazing. Just three of the words that can be used to describe the performance given by the wonderfully talented Miss Melanie Fiona on Tuesday night. This isn’t the first time Miss Fiona has graced a London stage (back in May the singer supported Alicia Keys at the 02) however it was her first headlining show, something which all could see she was more than excited about.

Melanie performed a number of songs from her debut album The Bridge, which was released back in 2009, to a vibrant audience at Camden’s Jazz Cafe. Supported by her two back up singers, and a band of 4, the songstress wowed fans with her powerful voice and positive energy that she brought to the stage.

The show opened with a bang as an enthused Melanie took to the stage to perform Bang Bang. She even surprised the packed-out crowd by performing covers of Kanye West’s hit Heartless and Sam Sparro’s Black and Gold  - to which she both did justice!
Difficult to pick a best moment for the night, although her performance of Somebody Come Get Me, a song she put out under the name ‘Syren Hall’ inspired by her Caribbean roots, was definitely a highlight. She had the whole audience cheering her on as, through the lyrics of the song, she told the story of woman ‘so vex’, as she put it, at her man for cheating on her that she wanted to kill him.

The night concluded with Melanie returning for an encore of her debut single Give it to Me Right. An enjoyable evening by such an incredible and down to earth woman. If you missed it, you definitely missed out!

Reviewed by Casey Elisha

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