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ニィーヨ、NYのマジソン・スクウェア・ガーデンで公演!

Ne-Yo Live Concert in New York

Saturday December 1st 2018 ‑ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

ニィーヨとキーシャ・コールのライブが、ニューヨークのマジソン・スクウェア・ガーデンにて行われました。正確に言うと、MSG 内のキャパシティ約3,500 のHulu Theater です。

Love キーシャ・コール

まずはキーシャ・コールが登場。デビュー当時、メアリー J. ブライジの再来と騒がれたキーシャ・コール、2005年のヒット、”Love” そして、“I Changed My Mind”………、 せつない愛を歌い上げます。

I Should Have Cheated“、”Let It Go“、”I Remember“など、懐かしい曲が続きます。2017年にリリースしたキーシャ・コールの7枚目のアルバム、「11:11 Reset」はあまり話題になりませんでしたが、なかなかいい作品に仕上がっています。以下、”Incapable” を聴いてみてください。

 

踊れないニィーヨ…….?

いつもはダンサーを引連れ、優雅なダンスを披露してくれるのですが、二か月ほど前に片足を骨折してしまったニィーヨ、すでにニューヨークでのコンサートが決まっていたとあって、「踊りは厳禁」という医者の言いつけを守ることを条件に、マジソン・スクウェア・ガーデンにダンサーを伴わず登場。骨折した足にはギプス・ブーツという痛ましい姿……..。「待っていてくれるファンの人たちを悲しませるわけにはいかない。」ニィーヨの情熱が伝わります。

So Sick of Love Songs 失恋ソングのニィーヨ

ニィーヨがデビューしたのは2005年、以来、自分のアルバムだけでなく、ビヨンセ、メアリー J. ブライジ、フェイス・エヴァンスなど多くのアーティストにヒット曲を提供してきたことでよく知られています。

オープニング・ナンバーは、2006年のヒット曲、”So Sick” です。”Because of You”, “Miss Independent” などヒット・メドレーが続きます。踊ってはいけない、と忠告されているのに、ステップを踏んだり、左右に歩き回ったり、じっとしていることのできないニィーヨ……..。

”Let Me Love You” など、ニィーヨの愛の世界が繰り広げられます。実はこの曲、ニィーヨが初めて書いた曲なのだそうです。マリオが歌って大ヒット、ニィーヨの名前が俄かに注目された記念すべき曲なのです。さらに、ビヨンセに提供した曲、”Irreplaceable” を披露。そう、♪To The Left ♪ 、というあれです。

Brooklyn in the House ブルックリン・パワー

この6月に新しいアルバム、「グッド・マン」を発表。その中の曲”Push Back” を歌います。ダンス曲なので、オーディエンスから女性をふたり舞台にあげてダンス・バトルを開催。ロング・アイランド出身の白人女性と、ブルックリン出身の黒人女性の対決となりました。観客の大半がブルックリン住民だったようで、ブルックリンのシスターが圧勝!

新しいアルバムのタイトル曲、”Good Man” は、なんとディアンジェロの「Untitled (How Does It Feel)」のサンプルが使われていてびっくり。それもそのはず、プロデューサーはディアンジェロのオリジナル曲 (How Does It Feel) を手掛けたラファエル・サディークなのでした。

「今日はみんな、来てくれてありがとう。精一杯がんばったけど、足が腫れてズキズキして、もうだめ…..。ありがとう、ニューヨーク!」というニィーヨのお別れの挨拶でフィナーレとなりました。

 

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An Evening With Chaka Khan

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日本語

Formerly Loew’s Kings Theatre, The Kings Theatre is a historical theater in Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Opened in 1929 and closed in 1977, the theater sat empty for decades until a complete renovation was initiated in 2010. The theater reopened to the public on January 23, 2015. Diana Ross was the featured artist for the gala reopening performance on February 3, 2015.

On February 19, 2016, almost one year later, the Kings Theater featured the legendary Chaka Khan.

Chaka Khan - The Kings Theather 2Chaka Khan Concert Review

The Chicago-native Diva came on stage wearing a sexy burgundy-colored tunic with a wide black belt around her waist and black thigh-high boots over black tight pants.

The Queen of Funk heated up the theater packed with the rather mature audience with a set that spanned her greatest hits. She started off the soul/disco hit by Rufus and Chaka,  “Do You Love What You Feel,” one of her last hits before fully going solo.

Oh, boy did she sing her heart out! One thing I love about her show is that it’s no gimmick,  no props, no dancers, just her great voice.

Ms. Chaka Khan once mentioned that she didn’t like the Prince produced song “I Feel For You,” as it features Grandmaster Melle Mel on the classic Ch-ch-ch-chaka-chaka-chaka Khan rap which annoys her. But she sang just to touch on material that her more loyal fans would recognize.

Before she finishes the half set of her performance she said to the audience, “Something broke and I have to fix it,” then went off-stage. Puzzled three female backup singers and the band stayed behind to give the crowd some jazzy intermission instrumentals.

Chaka Khan - The Kings Theather 1After for a while Ms. Khan finally came back on stage with black shiny outfit and the same black pants but no boots. She is getting laidback and went on singing her beautiful rendition of “Papillon (a.k.a. Hot Butterfly).”

“This was composed first as an instrumental. What’s his name……., oh yeah, David Foster wrote the lyrics, “ she introduced her next song then started to sing “Through The Fire.”

The song was sampled by Kanye West and “Through The Wire” became his breakthrough debut single.

The performance also includes jazzy “Funny Valentine,” the 1995 hit from the “Waiting to Exhale” soundtrack, the sultry 1975 number one R&B hit “Sweet Thing,” and the 1974-hit written by Stevie Wonder “Tell Me Something Good,” followed by the LGBT anthem “I’m Every Woman.” Chaka Khan was supposed to end the night’s performance with her 1983 number 1 R&B chart signature hit “Ain’t Nobody” but due to her costume malfunction the show was cut in short. She walked off the stage abruptly.

2 black guys behind my seat started shouting, “You didn’t sing ‘Ain’t Nobody’, ‘Ain’t Nobody’,” then they started to sing off key. Not the great way to end the perfect night…..

It’s funky Brooklyn after all. Good Night!

Evening with Chaka Khan

Friday, 2/19

The Kings Theater

1027 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, New York

 

AFROPUNK Madness!!!!

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日本語

Having started out as a free, small-scale music festival in 2003, Afropunk has grown into a conduit for black activism and community action. From that initial output, the little black punk festival that could has grown from 100 attendees to 60,000. One of the organizer’s established relationships with brands and big-name artists, such as last year’s headliner, D’Angelo, helped boost the festival’s profil and attendance. This year’s two-day outdoor festival, the 11th, boasts that same high-caliber bang, with headliners Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz and Kelis, but for the first time it will cost to get in.

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Erina 38Harlem2Nippon’s self-proclaimed fearless reporter, Erina shared her Aropunk experience.

Erina 34We Can All Get Along

Reported by Erina

The Event: Afropunk Fest

The Dates: August 21 to 23, 2015

The Dig:    Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York

Erina 30If there is any music festival where black men, women, boys and girls can be their carefree, cool and creative selves, it’s at AFROPUNK Fest. You can find a wide assortment of skin tones, hairdos, makeup, body jewelry and clothing styles.

Erina 33When I reached the Commodore Barry Park the line was stretched a block from the general admissions entrance and it took me an hour and half to get in. Fortunately while we were waiting a friendly young security guy kept us laughing with his jokes.

Erina 4Once inside I was trying to figure out which one was the main stage (there were 3 stages). No event maps or instructions were handed out…….. On the first day, the main stage — a.k.a. the green stage — was set for girl power with acts ranging from newcomers Lion Babe to Grace Jones, a headliner, so I was told later. OK, first things first, I have to quench my thirst. Yes, beer sounds good. Then I got a chance to walk around. When it comes to food, there were plenty of options, from Indian to Belgian, but what caught my eyes was Café Habana from Brooklyn. I got myself this baked corn.

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I looked around. So many people……. The vibe was so friendly and laid back. Very chill and a sense of togetherness.  Yes, it’s the people. The energy of the people throughout the event is so positive. It was my first time I felt so good among ocean of the people, talk to someone you never thought you would, and leave with the sense that you were just a part of something that really mattered.

Lauryn Hill - afropunk-festival-2015-42I waited faithfully for Ms. Lauryn Hill to grace the stage at Afropunk, and when she finally arrived I felt like the wait was rather short, even though it was almost an hour later than scheduled. Darkness had set over Brooklyn by the time the legendary rapper sat centerstage, guitar in hand. Her set was totally acoustic just like her NY Tour in 2014.

She moved through tracks from her Unplugged album. Us fans anticipated hearing cuts from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and she didn’t disappoint us singing my favorite “Doo Wop (That thing).” Everybody seemed to love Lauryn and I’m the biggest fan.

It was so beautiful and peaceful after dark and tall skyscrapers in the backdrop. Quite impressive.

Erina 23I first came to notice Grace Jones from a famous photo in the fashion magazine. All I know about her back then was that she was Andy Warhol’s muse and she revolutionized everything in fashion, in music and in art. But I have never seen her live performance until now.

One thing I found out yesterday was that she was 67! For real??

By the time Grace Jones were to perform, the crowd situation created a level of mayhem like none other. I was squeezed in to the passage connected to the stage. I can’t move………

grace jones afropunkfashion-4Maybe she would act like a diva just standing and sing…….. so I thought. “Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Grace Jones,” said a robotic voice over as she appeared atop an elevated stage dressed in a billowing black cloak and a gold metal skull mask with a halo of pointy sun rays encircling it.

Then SHE came!!!! She came out!!

With fabulous costume changes — as unique as they could get — and fearless energy, Ms. Jones is one of the most vibrant performers you can ever see live.

Clad in white and black body paint, she also wore a hooded skeleton mask head dress as she showed out for the crowd.

grace_jones_078It was so socking that I couldn’t believe my eyes!! At age 67. Still topless…..!!!!

I don’t think she is human. Maybe she is a superwoman came from the outerspace.

Erina 27I was blown away by Queen Grace’s over-the-top live show then the group of people passed me by. What…….? Lauryn Hill and her entourage proceeded to V.I.P. tent designated for main performers. She joined her kids waiting there. I was happened to be by the passage to VIP Tent!! Lucky me!!!

Erina 28Erina 26I really can’t focus either Lauryn or Ms. Grace. I was looking at both back and forth. While I was distracted Grace suddenly appeared from a close range. She was wearing a silver sparkling wig riding on a man! I could see her shinning breast with white body paint.

grace-jones-in-a-hula-hoop-at-afropunk-concert-in-new-york-cityMs. Grace started to twirl a Hula Hoop as she launched into her smash hit song “Slave To The Rhythm.” Her longtime fans might be familiar with her act that once she started she won’t stop!! To my surprise she didn’t stop spinning her Hula Hoop until the end of her song. Where did she come from………???

Damn, I haven’t seen anything like this before!!

Then, something unthinkable happened. After the show, Ms. Hill walked towards me with her family. I couldn’t help but screamed “Lauryn, I love you!” She heard me and turned around and her raspy voice said, “Thank you,” and she reached out for me and shook my hand!!!

Erina 22Never in a million years did I dream that my favorite Lauryn Hill would shake my hand……!! My dream came true!!!! It felt flaky when she touched my hand just because it happened so quickly. I wasn’t prepared.

Thank you, Lauryn.

Erina 18The best part of my Afropunk experience was that I walked away feeling like I had learned something and seen something through an entirely new perspective.

I will cherish this precious memory till the day I die.

 

 

Mon. Aug 12, Toni Braxton Free Live!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Free Concert Series Presents
Toni Braxton

Monday, August 12, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Wingate Park

Winthrop St., Brooklyn Ave., Rutland Rd. Brooklyn
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The 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series features gospel, classic soul, and R&B stars for a summer of hot performances. Enjoy a whole evening of the 6 Grammy Award, 7 American Music Award, and 9 Billboard Music Award-winner, Toni Braxton.

Please bring your own chairs as seating is limited.

*No cameras, audio or video recording, alcohol, pets, or bottles are allowed. Smoking is also prohibited on the premises.

Free!