Bryan K Resurrects Cupid at Alliance Francaise!
If you’re a sucker for love, then urbane-pop artist Bryan K is perfect for you. The light-lyric tenor and Starbrite winner of 2012 hit the stage at Alliance Francaise last Friday night at an erotic concert dubbed ‘Intimacy’.
Popular for his soothing romantic vocals and dazzling retro style, the Heavy Machine smash maker successfully delivered one of the most memorable intimate recitals we have the exclusive delight to attend this year thus far.
A roller coaster ride of tearful ballads, sing-alongs and dance jones from across genres spanning from Reggae and Soul to R&B and Pop, it was an infectious night of romance that literary had the long-forgotten Roman God of love Cupid bouncing back to life in an esoteric rapture.
First to thaw out June’s wintry on stage was the gorgeous mushrooming songbird Shyeden. A voluptuous figure and an emblem of indisputable beauty, what’s even more elegant than she is is her voice: smooth, soggy and mesmerising. Right off the rip, she performed with a mid-register; tight and congested. Is she a mezzo-soprano or a textbook underdeveloped soprano? Honestly, we don’t know but she kinda vacillates between the two and it is so fresh.
Tender-loving and remarkably mature in her writing, her catalogue, although unfrequented, is stirring and emo-drifted. With her keys player and prolific beatboxer, she performed songs like Idiot, How Do You Feel, Make It Stop, Over and Yesterday. Her typical love stories could make you shriek, fall in love and sympathise yet mostly think. Steadily, she could meddle up her so far unpopular discography with tidbits from pieces by popular musicians the likes of Takura, Ed Shereen, Chainsmokers and Alessia Cara.
Quite an auspicious act, her set made us realise the Queen of whatever position Tamy has been maintaining since her inception has now become one contender long.
Next to play was Shammar Phiri, a heavily built 25 years old pianist and acoustic guitarist with an exquisitely shaped and trimmed goatee, nose-dove the gig into an unforgettable Neo-Soul Session. Going on record that he was carving out as a crooner, it took a second reflection to acquiesce as he was swift to plunge revellers into a state of awe when he yodelled smashing cuts from Davido, Mr Eazi, John Legend, Drake and Kevin Little, among others. A virtuoso with a becalmed career, Shammar serenaded us with his compelling acoustic riffs and sparest keyboard hints; delivering silken grooves.
The night was shortly drawn to a rib-tickling jiffy with award-winning beatboxer Probeats taking over. His session, briefest of all acts, involved absorbing beatboxing with sarcastic quips of Western and African cinemas, pool parties and Dancehall shows.
The highlight of the Friday night the Old Mutual Theatre eventually arrived with Bryan K’s advent shortly after 9. Immaculately dressed by Lilo zw and euphoric as ever, the stunning musician opened up with strings of phenomenal slow tempo, smoochy jams that were impeccably tailored for the ladies.
Whether he was carolling Let Me Love You by Mario, Boyz II‘s I’ll Make Love To You, End of the Road, Bruno Mars‘ Versace on The Floor or Beautiful You are with the sizzling and dionysiac Bata Musana Dance, it was like Cupid was in our midst. As if to affirm the virtual presence of the metaphysical, Bibo Bryan, as he prefers to call himself, would episodically chant a coquettish Hallelujah in a cultic fashion. Naughty!
The nocturnal intimacy went over and over as the musician kept dropping jams upon jams, patting into his retro-style performing Marunjeya, Nyaya Dzerudo, Chitekete and Rudo Imoto. As bizarre as we like him, his prowess lies not only in the light-lyric tenor timbre but in his stage command and engagement.
Bryan’s set hit the climax when he, at last, unleashed the much-awaited Heavy Machine as the clock was fast nearing the eleventh hour. It was a deep drop into a bottomless frenzy as six ladies scrambled to score an intimate feat with the formidable singer who could move around and dabble sensually with each of them. Steamy and gently, it was a titillating affair to watch for the revellers, and with that Brian certified the badge of intimacy.
The ravishing twerking belles would then walk away with covetous largesses courtesy of Lilozw. Deserved indeed!
Overall, the last Friday affair was incredible! Ridden in a romantic milieu, we squatted right to the finale as we allowed rhythms, melodies, and movement determine our fate. Bryan K was amazing as was everyone else. He proved to be a charismatic performer that was able to belt out all notes while simultaneously displaying his superb lush dancing skills. In this intimate setting, he could interact well with his audience and we loved it…totally!
But wait, dear #Enthuse-iasts, is Cupid dead that he needs to be resurrected? Well, that’s an issue for another day.