Friday, August 05, 2005

Bembe Segue at Honky Tonks

It was a late Thursday night at Honky Tonks, full of plenty of try hards and artists. The photo above was taken in the Stair well, leading up to the entertainment. It definitely has some of the best furniture and design for any nightclub I been to.
The reason why I went there was to see vocalist Bembe Segue. It didn’t start until 12.30ish, so we all dance to some soul at cherry around the corner. This was a live gig, with guitars, drums, keyboards, you could describe it as a modern freeform of Jazz (well that’s what I was told). I could exactly find much on the net about Bembe but here is what Ennio Styles from stylin had to say.

As the interview revealed, part of the reason for her unique rapid-syllable singing style comes from her background as a rapper.

Collaborations, she's had plenty: IG Culture, Nicola Conte, Ty, Mark de Clive-Lowe, 4 Hero, Bugz in the Attic, Alex Attias, Sleepwalker, Silhouette Brown, Da Lata, 2 Banks of Four and more. She assures us that her debut solo album is in the works, but given that she is using a 14-piece band, it's not proving a simple exercise.

This was an interesting live show, with a very intimate crowd. The crowd and the band were on the same level, with the crowd pushing ever so closer to the band. One other reason to visit honky tonks is the street art along the way. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of the gig due to the poor lighting.


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