KOKO Camden, London
Warning: This review is super bias because am a STAN.
Now that I have established that Alloysious is still FIiiiNEeeee in real life we can get to the review of Young Fathers gig at KOKO in Camden.
The opening act Kojey Radical was simply amazing he engage with the audience seamlessly comfortable on stage with his red cup … initial assumtion of a RED CUP is a little something something but life has taught me not to assume it might have been cold tea heck maybe Ribena but least we get distracted. Happy to be back on home turf Kojey was all the more excited that his mum was there to witness him performance for the first time and I can only guess how much pride she must have been filled with, he sampled a few new songs, Hamlet
“…Because Shakespeare is a badman!!
Delivered a number of songs of his EP the track Preacher, Preacher, was heartfelt and the current single Bambu, more respect and power to this gentleman from fashion to music and visual artistry am looking forward to seeing how his career continues to shape up fyi are Ghanaians drinking some special water CHALE! all these Artist/ Visual Artist mmhhhh? see Kojey own videos, Blitz The Ambassador and Wanlov.
After Kojey light up the stage signing off with Bambu I got caught up in a conversation on why Idris Elba did not need to play Nelson Mandela considering the wealth of actors in SA and at this point some serious drumming started rising up lights flashing and there they were YF on stage from this point it was a full hour of song after song after song none stop no pause aside from the ocassional one for Kayus to remove his jacket, unbutton his top and finally just remove it, chei Kayus twisted his hips quite a lot thru the set skills that we cannot just look over. The group as always have come across as carrying about performance as much as content and a message in the material they present.
The set was a heavy mixture from both TAPES and Albums; Rumbling was in the mix that’s all I cared for….Massaquoi wined a fair bit while singing (of which has to be recognised as a talent in itself). None spoke throughout the set expect a shoutout to Nestle “for killing the fucking babies” before Nest taken from their current album White Men Are Black Men Too….. and G introducing the final song asking if we wanted to “fucking dance” the answer was AYE and we did and that was the end. The crowd’s reaction was amazing throughout the show any artist would long to get people ‘TURNT’ on such a level what can I say? I was on the right side of the world considering some reviews of Yasin Bey performance in Nairobi.
YF are still on tour with Kojey Radical make sure you check them out if you can they are also playing a number of festivals this summer.