Slicka Sings for the Soul

If good live African music was what you wanted, Slicka of Savannah Afros fulfilled that very desire on Friday night at Jojo’s Music and Arts Cafeacute with his acoustic ‘Boom Slick’ session.

Though the group is still making hits together, singer Slicka took one night for himself, to serenade the crowd and have them singing along to tales about going home and his love of children in Shona.

“There are children soldiers marching to war. Stretch your hand and save a soul” are lyrics of one of his songs, switching between English and the Zimbabwean singer’s native language.

It was a calm intimate setting, with assistance from Power of One’s Tuhafeni Michael on the drums and Stunt on the guitar. Slicka gave an acoustic set of songs while he also played the drum and talked (and mostly joked) the small audience through the show.

No backtracking, no lip syncing and with no time wasted, Slicka’s voice is one that would be hard to rival. And his lungs can carry notes ’till they have no more stories to tell.

The set changed paces several times, from slow soothing tunes like his opening rendition which spoke of returning home after many years and having to explain what he accomplished while away, to a tune dedicated to his late friend, whom he credited as the writer of the song.

He then picked up the tempo, singing about how if a woman ever left him, he would leave her too, joking that she’d have to at least return the Brazilian hair extensions he’d bought her, before going to another man.

Two of their songs were punctuated with guest performances that were most welcomed by the clapping, snapping and cheering audience. From Black Vulcanite’s Okin to one half of Star Dust, Muni Hoveka giving the show a bit of dimension, blending the music and poetry effortlessly like they’d been written and composed as one.

Muni and Slicka together sounded like a match made in vocal heaven towards the end of the acoustic set. She provided amazing back-up with the soulful sounds for which Star Dust is winning awards.

The show was fun, intimate, and the performers made the crowd feel at home. There is no specific genre you need to like to have jammed along to one of the tunes as Slicka says he makes ‘good’ music that is an African blend of jazz and RampB adding, “I just want people to enjoy my sound.”

There was no cover charge at the door for the show, no unnecessary flashy lights and special effects and definitely no egos. Just real, honest music from humble musicians who expressed gratitude for those in attendance.

Source : The Namibian