Words by Louise Ungless
“I’ve been performancely frustrated!” shouted a band member from Tempting Rosie. This pretty much summed up the vibrant spirit at the Roundhouse:ReMixed event last Friday, with the band kicking off the evening in rapturous style. With Roundhouse Rising collaborating with Rich Mix, it was an eclectic night of new music featuring Tempting Rosie, Tres B, Rubix, Dizzietron, REC (Roundhouse Experimental Choir) and the popular Krar Collective.
Tempting Rosie definitely enjoyed themselves and succeeded in getting the crowd dancing. A nine-piece band from Birmingham, their music shows influences of ska, dub and reggae. It was a short but sweet set, but we definitely got a feel of what they’re about. Following the band was Rubix; a collective of emerging spoken word artists from the Roundhouse. The artists are each from a different background, and what was interesting was how they succeeded in fusing them together.
Tres B was next in line, who is now signed to Roundhouse Records and has supported The Black Keys in the past. He was definitely a highlight of the night, with a lot of soul, passion and excellent musicianship from the band. This was an act that should have lasted longer, which was a downside of the number of acts and very short sets. Tres B is definitely one to catch again in the future.
Finally, the Krar Collective – the main act of the night. The Ethiopian band has played many times at Rich Mix and it was evident that they felt at home on their stage. The Krar is an Ethiopian five or six-stringed harp and was played by Temesegen Tareken. Drummer Amare and singer Genet Asefa accompanied him with vibrancy and warmth and what really set this performance apart from their others was their collaboration with the REC. The choir really gave an organic yet contemporary feel to the Krar Collective’s music and the choir looked as though they really enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately, with just one microphone for the choir, the audience couldn’t quite hear the full effect of their vocal work. Though it was a good performance as a whole, this could have been a spectacular collaboration if the work from the choir wasn’t so difficult to hear. Despite this, the audience enjoyed the energetic performance from the Krar Collective, with the beautiful singer Genet Asefa changing outfits between songs.
You can never go wrong with the Krar Collective; they always do a really good set and it is no wonder that people go to see them again and again. This night confirms that you can see and hear brilliant emerging music in London, for the great price of a fiver!