Dwele Live Review
Unmoved, cool in stance and consciously aware of the adolescent roars and shrilling screams from both men and women, Andwele Gardner - known to his fans as Dwele, took to the stage to present a personalised night he’d specifically prepared for his fans in London.
An impressive introduction from a tastefully assembled band comfortably prepared Dwele for an intimate performance in the compact setting of London’s Jazz Café. The thirty-something neo soul inspired singer is selfless in approach, positively promoting the individual crafts of his four-man-strong musical backing, while he modestly headlines the show we have all patiently waited for.
In haste to join his fans, Dwele - rocking black -on black, his signature brown wooden tie, perfectly tamed Afro and blade -sharp beard, scurries down the metal staircase and wraps his hands around the mic just in time to sing us in.
Between, a tastefully selected choice of songs from both new and old albums, including hits such as ‘What’s Not To Love’, and the controversial composition ‘I’m Cheating’, classy efforts are made by the convincingly extrovert soul singer, to interact with his dedicated audience, while they return the gesture- religiously singing every lick and rift in perfect time.
Although appearing to be the confident showman on stage, a brief interview after the show reveals a shyer and introvert side to Mr G. When asked how he feels the night’s performance went, Dwele is enthused by the vibe of his London fans, and believed that rewarding them with an exclusive mini album entitled Dark Side Of The Mic was only befitting for the occasion.
Aside of the technical issues with sound in the venue, the two -hour long compilation session was definitely plausible. I was presently surprised by the contradictory demographic of gathered fans, and the contrast they have, compared to those he has previously collaborated with in the past. My ignorance was negated when the crowd of 40 pluses fist pumped in time to ‘Flashing Lights’, the renowned track on Kanye West's ‘Graduation’ Album.
(Dwele & Karen-Grace Siriboe together after the show)
All in all; a good evening, filled with good music, and an opportunity for me to ‘Open My Eyes’ - acknowledging that Neo-Soul is still appreciated.
Special thanks to @Thadboogie, who’s hospitable efforts made the evening personable!
Written by: Karen-Grace Siriboe