Tonight’s venue seemed to be filling up nicely. I walked in halfway through what looked like the lead singer from The View playing an acoustic set. But no, this was a gentle, timid, quiet and unforgettable Karmina Francis. Such a powerful voice seemed inconceivable from this delicate artist. In-between songs she would talk shyly to the crowd, smiling and seemed to be overwhelmed by the crowd’s love for her. You could do nothing but stand in silence and admire her vocal talent. She provided a natural ability to disappear into her songs and have the crowd follow. She is currently working hard on her debut album on the Kitchenware Label and will inevitably become something special. At times you were faced with a lot of similarities to Adele’s voice, but musically it’s a different story.
Next up was the headline act; Natty. The room seemed to fill even more as it neared to the 9:00pm mark and anticipations were high. Fans cheered as the music stopped and the backing band picked up their instruments followed by an even bigger cheer as the cheeky dreadlock reggae king Natty took to the stage. He worked the crowd well, giving the advice of everything will be fine as long as you have ‘music and dancing’, which is exactly what he gave.
Some people have described Natty’s music as ‘listener-friendly acoustic reggae’. Very listenable indeed, to the point where Jack Johnson meets Bob Marley, and there is no other way to describe it.
Through the duration of the set he mingled with the crowd, dedicating songs to people from one parent families, to all the women and to all the men. At one point It seemed as though he had lost the plot (he looked very high at the time) ranting about a revolution, sofa’s and Playstations. His very easy going attitude seemed to warm the crowd to him, securing a brilliant reception upon finishing each track.
The backing band was very tight, each track flowed without one cock-up. At times the guitar licks sounded like Jack Penate with a fun-go-flow sound, which inevitably got the members of the audience dancing.
It was refreshing to see the role of a 2008 reggae pop star being fulfilled.