“It is meant to be enjoyable,” Thabani Gapara advised the gang at the beginning of a Saturday evening gig at Hamilton Gardens.
What: Thabani Gapara Challenge
The place: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders, Hamilton Gardens
When: Saturday evening
Who: Thabani Gapara on saxophones, Nathan James on guitar, Isaac Etimani on bass, Vion Slinger on drums, and Stallone D’Souza on keyboards.
Reviewed by: Libby Wilson
I believed it might be an excellent evening when Thabani Gapara appeared on stage with a smile, carrying an ensemble that includes plaid trousers and a bow tie.
I used to be right, they usually’ve acquired themselves a brand new fan.
There was loads of chunky funk, some candy sax – together with a mid-solo jazzy interval that made even Gapara cease and say “hmm” – and a keyboard solo so intense it made the stand collapse.
The five-piece afro-funk/jazz group is fronted by Gapara, who switched between a trio of saxophones.
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He’s an artist who does not take himself too critically, regardless of having performed with teams reminiscent of Katchafire, and fronted at current festivals together with One Love and Competition One.
“It is meant to be enjoyable,” he advised the gang, encouraging everybody to boogie within the aisles after they felt the necessity.
A number of took him up on the provide – hardly shocking, given the power, fats funk beats and bass riffs the band pumped out in the course of the present.
However essentially the most memorable second of the evening was totally unintentional.
Within the third tune from the tip, the room was hanging off a solo that keyboard participant Stallone D’Souza was build up, when the stand collapsed and his keyboard fell to the ground.
The viewers applauded till he was arrange once more, with a little bit of assist, and good to go on.
The entire band was masterful at constructing items as much as full noise solely to drop again to subsequent to nothing, and each member may take a imply solo.
Typically endings appeared to come back out of nowhere, with only a look and a flick of Gapara’s leg as warning.
The set listing was a mixture of authentic work and items written by others, from South African saxophonist Moses Khumalo to Stevie Surprise.
One of many items – When Days Are Darkish, Associates Are Few – was a tune Gapara confessed he didn’t even like.
However a mentor challenged him to rearrange a model he would like, and he reckoned he’d acquired there.
For me, the one draw back of the night was that the ground acquired extra of my wine than I did, because of me dropping my telephone and knocking it over proper at the beginning of the present (sorry cleaners).
Gapara’s quintet completed the evening with the Motown hit I Need You Again, by The Jackson 5 – the “one thing everyone knows” individuals all the time ask for at gigs, Gapara stated.
It was successful, judging by the standing ovation.
And anybody who desires the group to return to Hamilton is in luck. Gapara flagged an April 10 gig on the Meteor, to have a good time the upcoming launch of an album referred to as The Griots Path.