Live review: Aisha Badru @ Blacks Club, 17/09/18
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Tucked away in the decadent, cosy confines of Blacks Club in Soho sits Aisha Badru. She’s wearing a pink-ish red and white flowered shirt, and her braids are hanging loosely down her back. Candles light up the sound tech equipment, and hundred-year-old chairs squeak and squirm under the weight of a 20-strong crowd balancing booze on their laps. In an event put on by the Society of the Golden Slippers, Aisha is supported by the beautiful and haunting Jack in Water. Alongside his friend and keyboard player, Jack stunned his intimate audience with perfect pitch control, heartfelt harmonies and gut-wrenching lyricism. His standout performance was found in the peaks and troughs of the conflicted ballad ‘Maggie’. We rode alongside him in his journey of heartbreak, euphoria and strength, feeling every emotion with him and shedding shared tears. His endearing stage presence and calm persona shone through his set, particularly as he chuckled at us staring while he tuned his guitar thrice over. It was a warming and welcoming opening to the evening.
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