Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Bimal Tailor

With Innervisions Festival well under way, London’s iconic Roundhouse venue was the place to be on this glorious friday night. There certainly wasn’t any more rain as the mature crowd fanned each other to cool down from the soaring temperatures outside.

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As the Camden instutute filled up it was former Incognito singer Tony Momrelle who kept the crowd entertained before one of the first ladies of R&B graced the stage.

The neo jazz fused with soul sounds had the crowd clapping from the moment he appeared on stage. Bravely leaving his crutch with a band member and with a static performance he made his presence known gaining the audiences attention.

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His soulful voice rang through the venue with upbeat sounds of ‘You Pick Me Up’ and ‘All I Need’ leaving the captivated audience grooving from side to side.

As a homegrown talent Tony’s voice is powerful, a girl behind me commented on how smooth the texture it was asking her friend “wouldn’t you like a man who would sing to you like that?” reinstating the silky sounds. His set flowed clearly including anecdotes of Stevie Wonder phonecalls at 5am in Tokyo where he reminisced Stevie didn’t call to say he loved him. The blend of tracks from upbeat to ballads and a Stevie track thrown in perfectly set the scene from the charming support act.

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As a purple haze filled the venue the crowds anticipation grew as the band came onto the stage. Having been two years since the American singer graced the UK the crowd erupted as she came onto stage rocking a casual look of white trousers and top with full length blue cardigan draped over.

“How you doing London? Have you enjoyed Innervisions Festival so far?” Angie purred into the mic to a roof raising response… “Maybe I’ve got my work cut out with ya’ll tonight” she joked.

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An evening of positive vibes and pure funk was to come from opening with ‘Pissed Off’ the old school pioneer captured the audience immediately as she glided accross the stage smiling and waving at the crowd.

Her rapport with the audience is as beautiful as her voice, it’s not hard to see why so many of the mature crowd have been followers since the beginning of her career in 1979. Her melodies oozed funk and soul while women captured their idols performance on smart phones. ‘Green Grass vapours’, ‘I Wanna Thank You’ and ‘Bone 2 Pic’ had them grooving from the stalls to the seats as the acoustics of the venue were immaculate for Angie’s voice.

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Taking a short well deserved break her backing singers took control of the gospel infused ‘Makings Of You’, bringing them to the front of the stage before an audience singalong of ‘Life Story’.

The audience cheered as her harmonies were on fire, her powerful voice and presence bounced around the room as she told the audience how former band The Sequence were the first ladies of rap and reunited with fellow Sequence member Blondie said how they were the first to “Funk You Up” in reference to the use in Bruno Mars 2015 hit. The crowd danced from side to side as she even mashed up a little of the Mark Ronson and Bruno hit into their own, fitting perfectly as expected.

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Slowing things down as the night drew to a premature close it was time for ‘Lover’s Ghetto’ and ‘No More Rain’ revealing British guest singer Omar, a regular on the London jazz scene. As the impressive evening came to an end with ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’ the audience clapped and cheered in appreciation for Angie. After European fans taking to twitter regarding gigs earlier in the week, London was extremely funky with not a soul left dissapointed from start to finish a whirlwind of amazement and awe left the audience wanting more in yet another fantastic show from the Innervisions Festival.

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See the full photoset from tonight’s gig here.

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