Black Vulcanite Packs FNCC to the Rafters

Since their initial rise to fame in 2012, Black Vulcanite have performed in Windhoek only twice. So when the conscious rap trio announced that they would be the main act at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre’s ‘Acoustic Friday’ concert, Christmas came in May for their fans.

With limited tickets on sale, the show promised to be cozy and intimate. Instead, Friday night saw the FNCC Terrace packed to the rafters with many people having to stand at the back of the venue and even more being turned away at the door.

The show, meant to start at 20h00, was opened by a word of welcome from the sultry-voiced Okin – also known as Nikolai Tjongarero – a little after 20h30. Reciting a poem titled ‘Ask Why We Shouldn’t Have Money’, Okin gave the audience a glimpse of what could be expected from the rest of the night – poetry, progressive thinking and a whole lot of soul. While the poem was as powerful as it was poignant, most of the audience seemed not to care enough to pay attention. Unperturbed by the chattering that went on at the back of the venue, Okin ensured that the night started off g.

Backed by a live band – Guichont Bikoumou on drums, Rodrigue Ntsika strumming the guitar and Afron Ngambali tickling the keyboard keys – the dapperly dressed Vulcanites gave the audience a little teaser of what’s to come from their long-awaited debut album and performed brand new songs ‘Beautiful Melancholia’, ‘Hollywood is Dead’ and ‘World’s Pain’. The latter saw captivating crooner Sean K joining Black Vulcanite on stage. Similar in essence to the songs that made them famous in the first place, the message behind Black Vulcanite’s new music is still revolutionary, but the method oozes maturity and refinement.

The audience seemed to enjoy the new sound too, with many of the women ooh’ing and ahh’ing as AliThatDude (Alain Villet) showed off his impressive pipes and Mark Mushiva delivered line after line of what can only be described as mind music.

After a short interlude, during which Sean K performed his song ‘Dreams’, Black Vulcanite returned to the stage in a change of outfit to perform crowd favourites like ‘I Hope They Write’, ‘Visions’ and ‘Fallen Sun’ with thought-provoking images being shown on a monitor next to the stage all throughout. The live band, which proved to be electric for the most part, struggled to keep up on ‘Fallen Sun’.

An intermission followed, and we braved life and limb at the bar where a huge group of people gathered in an attempt to buy refreshments. Despite the chill in the air and the wait for whatever would warm either the insides or the spirit, the atmosphere was jovial. After everyone shuffled back to the little spot from where they could watch history being made, Okin returned to the stage with a love poem which was received much better by the audience.

Rapper The Boy Jay performed the fitting ‘The Comeback’ and ‘Speed’, which saw AliThatDude joining him on stage. To round off the evening, Mark performed a poem titled ‘Black Verse’, which featured punchy lines like “my penis stands erect for the cause of feminism” and “let them guard melanin as a sacred resource”.

Egged on by chants from the crowd, Black Vulcanite closed the show with party anthem ‘Good Times’ and still the audience wanted more. Stepping up to the mic one last time, Mark left the crowd – and himself – breathless with an almost four minute long poem which he describes as “trying to bring back the resurgence of black integrity”.

Proof that great things come to those who wait, Black Vulcanite wowed, awed and gave Windhoek a show they had never seen before and were desperately waiting for.

Source : The Namibian