At first it seemed that the concert hall was half empty when entering Lido on Wednesday night, but as soon as the main act Sinkane started to play, the crowd slowly packed up and filled the floor.
Ahmed Gallab and his band started the gig with Jeeper Creeper from Sinkane’s previous album Mars and continued with Lovesick straight away. The rather laid back atmosphere heated up when they began to play songs from the latest studio release Mean Love.
The set list was built up nicely with energetic versions of Yacha, Warm Spell, Young Trouble, New Name and Running among others to keep up the party mood, and a slower pace with Galley Boys, Mean Love, Making Time and Lady C’Mon for cooling down. The band got totally loose when playing the hit song How We Be before encore, and it was nice to see them jamming and having a good time on the stage.
Sinkane’s music is a perfect mixture of soul, funk, Afro beats and much more. The live versions in Lido had more of a reggae’ish vibe in them, and though that usually wouldn’t be exactly my cup of tea, it’s obviously always nice to witness a band being able to bring something new in the music when playing live instead of just repeating the album versions. The only thing that bothered me in the concert was a bit too much echo in the vocals, which unfortunately mashed the singing occasionally.
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All in all, the gig was totally entertaining and relaxed, lasting almost one and a half hours. Gallab is without a doubt a versatile musician, hopping between genres and mixing different styles in a completely effortless way.
Review by Kiira Koskela