By Niyoshala Kumar
A fan of music coupled with a generous dash of ambience? Brace yourself for Farewell, an evening of jazz, R&B and blues. In a city where mainstream beats dominate the social scene, it is always refreshing to discover potential that begs to differ. You are guaranteed to enjoy the music of four lovely ladies, who claim to have been singing for as long as they can remember. And it certainly shows.
Natalya has been singing from the age of four and she also writes her own songs, three of which she will be performing. Predominantly a jazz singer, for this occasion she has extended her repertoire to R&B too. Her sister Atiana joins her in this concert and the two are singing a duet together; it may be the sisterly bond that blends their voices so impeccably. Atiana has also been singing from a very young age and her choice of songs mirrors her fun personality. Hania’s talent has been influenced by a lot of soul and blues, but as of recent her interests have diversified into reggae, a genre she hopes she can one day sing in a band. She is a fan of Hindustani music and is attracted to any music that has, as she puts it, ‘a groove’. May’s song choices were influenced by life experiences and she states that to her, music plays a vital part in being alive.
It is easy to see that for reasons alike and different, these ladies are truly passionate about their music and this is why they have chosen to come together for one last time before they leave the country, hence the name of the concert. A talented trio of musicians assists them – Eshantha speaks volumes on the piano, Sumudi rocks out on the drums and Isaac adds that little something extra on the double bass. So where does all this musical elation take place? The setting could not complement the music more. Barefoot Gallery is a place for many a relaxer to take in the beautiful art that is most often on display and enjoy and have a good meal. Tonight you can do this with light socialising if you please, whilst harmonic melodies spume in the background. A chilled out evening awaits you in conjunction with like-minded people, bites and music. Get yourself to Barefoot Gallery tonight at 7:30p.m. and enjoy a perfect end to your Sunday evening.