This past weekend was the 18th installment of Africa’s greatest music gathering! I had the privilege of attending my very first Cape Town International Jazz Festival with my friends – an experience I will never forget or miss again.
The melanin magic and main reason I attended, Laura Mvula, appeared on the stage, showing off her strong gams and bedazzled hands. She opened the show by saying: “Hello Cape Town, I’m home!” – automatically enthusing the crowd.
I was wondering how she’d bring across her cosmic sound and orchestral reverb to a live audience but being the professional, prepared, international act that she is – I quickly forgot those thoughts!
She was all kinds of amazing. She sang ALL of my favourite tunes and introduced me to a lot more. I was so moved. I lost my voice and all kinds of composure whilst singing along!
I love how one of her followers on Instagram says: “You didn’t close the show – you shut it down!” And that she did with her powerful anthem inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman.”
Thank you Laura for coming to South Africa, next time we will be coming to you!