“Arrested Development are celebrating 31 years since their seminal debut album ‘3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of…’. The groundbreaking album won the band two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Amongst a host of other awards, the band was also named Band Of The Year by Rolling Stone and the album sold an impressive 6 million copies worldwide.”
This is the first time I had the experience of seeing Arrested Development this wasn’t just a concert it was a live experience.
Band member Fareedah Aleem erupted onto the stage with a fierce and mesmerising African-style dance, that couldn’t have been more energetic if she tried….this lady is phenomenal, she oozes feminine confidence and Queen energy. The other band members took to their places and lead vocalist Speech’s entrance was met with a passionate cheer from the now excitable crowd.
From the jump Arrested Development gave the Jazz Cafè an intimate energetic show and had the crowd the palm of their hands as they cruised through their exceptional catalogue which included tracks ‘Revolution’, ‘Tennessee’, ‘Mr Wendal’ and closed with crowd favourite hit ‘People Everyday’.
Speech also paid an unexpected but moving tribute to the legendary TY. A UK Hip Hop Legend who sadly passed away in 2020 and collaborated with Speech on his “Closer” LP in 2006, further cementing how beloved our fallen hero TY was on the global stage.
There was non-stop crowd participation, singing at the top of their lungs to their favourites and loving this up-close and personal hip-hop experience with the band inches from the stage.
Arrested Development with the full live band delivered positive vibrations, fun and edutainment leaving the crowd well fed after a solid encore.
In closing this was an exceptional and professional live Hip Hop experience that could stand up to anyones live show globally in Hip hop Culture. Speech is a magnificent band leader who commands the stage with a powerful presence making this show an uplifting and spiritual event wrapped into one big party and a celebration of life.
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