Saturday I went to the listening session for Nothende’s latest offering, Rebirth. I was late but I got there just in time for the final four songs. She performed all the songs on the album and particularly focused on breaking it down in order for us to hear the lyrics and understand the message of the songs. She also mashed in some 90’s RnB which the crowd absolutely loved.
The listening session took place at Kaldi’s in Newtown. She specifically chose this venue which does not serve alcohol, in order to give the audience a sober experience. Many times alcohol will be served before a performance that by the time an artists gets on stage the crowd is halfway into a vibe. The artist will mess up and the crowd won’t remember the performance because they were drunk to begin with.
Kaldi’s has a menu filled with the most delicious food. I had their Grilled Vegetable Tramezzini with their organic pineapple smoothie which was absolutely delicious. Just as I was about to take a bite into my tramezzini, Nothende summoned us all to get on our feet and do the “back, back, back and forth” dance which is from the 90’s. I had such a good time!
In between songs Nothende allowed time for questions and comments and also spoke briefly about her journey as a musician. One of the key comments that stood out was from a lady who came from Mpumalanga who encouraged Nothende to take her time and do things her way. I thought it was just so beautiful, because as music lovers we are so inclined to rush our favourite artists to release new music instead of being diligent and patient enough to allow them the time to create beautiful music.
Nothende will be performing at the Hansa Festival of Legends this coming weekend. She will be paying tribute to legends Miriam Makeba and Letta Mbulu at the Sophiatown Lounge at the Bassline. Tickets are available at Computicket.