Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dobet Gnahore: From Africa with energy

Michael Reckord, Gleaner Writer

The statement that Ivory Coast's Grammy Award winner Dobet Gnahore is the most energetic singer ever to perform in Jamaica cannot be proved. But it could be true.

To take the title, Gnahore would have to beat the numerous high-voltage dancehall, soca and rock performers who have entertained audiences in the island. That fact should give music fans who did not see Gnahore's concert at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on Sunday evening an idea of how exciting the show was.

Gleaner Review @ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20111026/ent/ent7.html

Dobet Gnahore sparkling performance at the Phillip Sherlock Centre (UWI) in Jamaica

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dobet Gnahore is compared to Africa's great legends... gave amazing performance in Jamaica

Dobet Gnahoré, Africa's new voice, a dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, has been compared to genre legends and cultural ambassadors like Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masakela.

But, she's a rarity who on stage exudes an inner strength and commanding presence. She is mesmerising even before she opens her mouth to sing. With such voice filled with emotion and range Dobet, it is said, moves through ranges of heartfelt ballads, funky stuff, and danceable songs all performed in a wide range of African styles.

Dobet Gnahore dances and the true depth of her amazing talent shines through. Acrobatically she leaps across the stage in rapid quick movements and at just 24 years old she seems to have gotten it all, an exceptional voice, amazing dance skills and the engaging aura reserved for artistic greats.

Dobet Gnahore is arguably African music’s most exciting young talent.

Dobet Gnahore Live @ AB Brussels!
Dobet Gnahore musicians:
Dobet Gnahoré : vocal, percussions
Colin Laroche de Féline : guitars, vocal
Clive Govinden : bass, vocal
Boris Tchango : drums, percussions, vocal

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Karen Smith O.D.: Jamaican jazz vocalist extraordinaire

Karen Smith, Jamaican jazz vocalist extraordinaire, has been described as a performer with a combination of smooth sophistication and sprightly energy who never fail to deliver a knockout performance.

The warmth and clarity of her vocal styling and easy mastery of musical genres in the range of pop and jazz, reggae and R&B has earned the cabaret star an ardent fan base. Invested with her country’s insignia, Commander of the Order of Distinction O.D.(Officer Class)for service in the field of music, Smith’s top class acts not only charms her cross-genre audiences but also made her a nine-time winner of the Jamaica Music Industry (JAMI) Awards and numerous other accolades.

Karen Smith gave an excellent show and left her audience demanding more… by the end of her stint on stage [she]once again proved that she is a Jane of all genres and master of all… - says Jamaica Gleaner.

Performance as is reputably described is not exclusive to Jamaica; Karen Smith weaves her class, style, movements and voice too across the United States, Canada and throughout the Caribbean.