Yussef Dayes, Greentea Peng and Obongjayar connect at Cashmere Thoughts
Kicking off the evening was ObongJayar whose track ‘sunshine’ connected with tender soul vocals as the adjacent drums and keys mellowed and mellowed the night. Next up was the more upbeat ‘stay’ which was reminiscent of traditional jazz. To finish off Obong’s set was ‘Endless’ - a mixture of uptempo jazz, rock, swing and soul. A perfect introduction for the night to come.
Fresh from supporting Neneh Cherry on her UK tour, South London's Greentea Peng took to stage full of energy as always. the singer swayed from genre to genre as she exalted sounds including Jazz, Drum and Bass, Soul as she delivered her sultry vocals with ease. Smooth and always in tune with her lo-fi groove, she compels on Moonchild to the approval of the Tola crowd. She continues with the unreleased ‘mister sun.’ A skippy roots infused song which thanks mister sun which makes everything better. To end the night was ‘ third eye blue ‘ which is a balance of ambient RnB rhythm provided by Earbuds. She ends her performance with ‘Medicine’ - a smooth dose of relief with help from the live band, we all emerged from a Greentea Peng Utopia.
To complete the night entered Yussef Dayes trio : kicking things off with audacious drums, and a bass that's melodic yet punches through to your soul and a rhythm drapsed in boogie-woogie feel good sounds. A sonic pleasure, the guitar and keys cried to the beat of Yussef’s drum. The mood was exemplary, the vibe, an ideal come down from the peak of the night as Yussef Dayes mesmerised and mesmerised until leaving to a plethora of deserved applause.
A night of talent and creative freedom, all acts distributed their persona’s well as each complimented the next for what was a night to remember.
Words by James Mungai