Last Thursday our music writer, Megan Schiller was lucky enough to get tickets to Jorja Smith’s sold out show at Brixton Electric. A week later and all the reviews have been outstanding, and Megan’s is no different.
What was immediately noticeable was the huge variation of people in the crowd. It ranged from young excitable teens, some who queued for five hours to make sure they secured a front row spot, right through to the 40-somethings. The teens were the real die-hard fans, and she has amassed quite the following even prior to her collaboration with Canadian rapper, Drake.
The show opened with visuals featuring Smith as a child in the West Midlands progressing to reveal her 20yr old self living in London. She has an incredible way of expressing her feelings about social and personal issues, and her emotiveness when singing was something that clearly resonated through the audience.
“Blue Lights”, a song sampling Dizzee Rascal’s “Sirens” is particularly relevant with reports of police brutality becoming ever more present in the media. Alongside the injustice of how young black males are treated within the justice system, Smith also has a lot to say when it comes to us girls. “Beautiful Little Fools” questions the female role in society, whilst also encouraging empowerment as she enables us to look together at today’s gender disparities.
With a winning combination of her loveable nature, songs with powerful messages and a voice to match, Smith’s success is inevitable. It does however seem she lacks some confidence when it comes to her stage presence.
The band that stood behind her had a jazzy, soul vibe that isn’t as detectable in her recorded tracks. This could have stemmed from both Smith’s love of Amy Winehouse and her dad’s experience in a local neo-soul band, but either way it worked, and it lifted her music to a higher, more soulful level.
With a large amount of her set consisting of highly anticipated new and yet-to-be-released music, Jorja Smith is well on her way to becoming an incredibly influential female vocalist who is sure to make an impact on the industry with her mellow style.
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