I would like to thank everyone who braved the weather to come to Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush, London, earlier this week for Ethiopiaid’s fundraising concert, which was headlined by Natalie Imbruglia. The event, which was sold out, also featured Joy Crookes (who sings ‘It Must Be Love’ so beautifully in the REED TV commercials), Eli “Paperboy” Reed who is an R’n’B phenomenon from Brooklyn, New York, and The Staks Band, who have been described as ‘the best Rock and Roll orchestra in London’. Here is my short review:
Joy Crookes, a young singer-songwriter from South London, was totally captivating. She began by addressing her song, ‘Mother May I Sleep with Danger’ to her mother who was in the audience and she finished her set with a powerful song that she said she always ends with, called ‘Power’. I heard a man behind me say, “Remember the name Joy Crookes, she’s going to be famous”. She is an amazing young talent and I must say that I agree with him. Next came The Staks Band fronted first by Noel McKoy, then by Katie Kissoon, who sang ‘Keep Me Hanging On’ very beautifully, and then by Eli “Paperboy” Reed. Their high-octane performance had the whole hall dancing. I particularly liked McKoy’s ‘Hurricane’ and Eli’s ‘Come and Get it’ and ‘Came to Play’. Natalie Imbruglia then did a wonderful acoustic set, starting with ‘Shiver’. To finish, she invited the Staks band back on stage for a big band version of ‘Torn’. Natalie’s sound and energy was amazing and she had the whole house rocking.
At the end, I thanked everyone for coming and joined The Staks Band for their grand finale: the anthem ‘Keep on Rocking in The Free World’. My thinking? Well, if you’re going to organise a rock concert what an opportunity to take part in it. I’ve been asked if I’ll be giving up the day job. Although the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since, I’ve decided that I won’t be… because I love it too much!
I would like to thank the audience, the organisers and all these wonderful musicians for making the evening so special and for helping us to raise more than £20,000 for Ethiopiaid. This money will go directly to support the most vulnerable in Ethiopia.