Chima Anya – New Day Album Launch (Review)

There was definitely a danger that following support sets for Jay Electronica and Brother Ali even after the effort the promo team had put in that the man from Phoenix Down would be out there performing to a handful of folk that he already knew.

Chima Anya

The night started off with yours truly on the turntables initially playing to The Barfly staff and a lil’ lady sipping drinks alone at the bar. As the room slowly started to fill with punters the distinguished gent of UK Pop Mr Hudson dropped by and played his part in an impromptu back to back set of sorts then disappeared into the  sea of people that had accumulated in the room under the cover of darkness.

I continued to play to “those who know and edutain those who don’t” with a little bit of Miike Snow, Jazmine Sullivan & Fat Freddy’s Drop right before Solocypher hit the stage to open proceedings with 1 choice offering which he’d been good enough to let me know he needed my help on the hook like a half  hour before the performance if I remember right it went “Build, Grow, Something, Something devastate the mic cos it’s the love of my life” whatever he (we) said the beautiful people in the venue ate it up and I’m sure Solocypher will have walked away happy as with the volume of people in the venue that could never have felt like an opening act performance.

Kid Fury

After the first performance I had but minutes to set the scene for Ms. Joy Joseph to hit the stage.

Billed as an acoustic set I don’t think a phrase has yet been coined for the type of set it actually was with co Library members right behind her literally sat face to face Raphael Mann on the Moog & Wilkie Wilkinson on an MPC and Maree Choie & Jodie Berry on BV’s due to the stage set up before a note had been uttered the crowd were intrigued by what they were about to witness.

Joy Joseph

Opening her shift on stage Joy started nice & slow with proclaiming that she’ll “be everything that I need her to be for me in her own” Sweet Time to a very warm reception before upping the pace on the very Soulquarian-esque Waiting and In My Veins and anybody who wasn’t paying attention was staring at the stage and swaying uncontrollably as Joy was proving that good music is indeed infectious and they were still to be treated to You Lose Yourself and her Frizz Records debut single Our Love Is Taking Us Through.

Joy Joseph Performance @ Chima Anya New Day Launch Party

Then for the doctor to do his thing. Opting to not make a big deal of an entrance Chima sat on stage whilst DMC Champion DJ Matman cued up beat no.1 and came out on some intense intro business by goin’ in with Clocks Pt. 2 stopping to regain his breath and let the crowd know they were “the most important people in the building” before launching into I Love Rap & the Hudson Mohawke produced banger King Of The Swingers (Jungle V.I.P)

Clocks Pt.2, I Love Rap & King Of The Swingers (Jungle V.I.P.)

In the spirit of keeping the dancefloor moving next he wheeled out his version of Lloyd Banks Bima, Benz & Bentley then got into another two single Death tracks from New Day the current single Death and for the first time ever on any stage anywhere Hey.

Missing from the video footage are the the Acappella That’s What I’m Paid For and It’s The Manner.

Bima Benz & Bentley (Remix) Death & Hey (video)

And the night ended with one of my personal favourite moments in Hip Hop to date  I love this…

A Star Is Born with Raphael Mann on guitar and Joy Joseph on vocals. Shout out to Nii-Tieko for the visuals

Big Shout Out to Ian Bines for the photo’s Follow him on twitter @IanPhotography


~ by Kid Fury on April 14, 2010.

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