Jessie Reyez dazzles crowd at London's Scala
Last night Colombian born singer Jessie Reyez paid a visit to London's Scala and treated her fans to a performance that was filled with emotion, energy and a GOOD TIME. We first came across Jessie earlier this year when we caught her opening for hip-hop rapper and songwriter PARTYNEXTDOOR'S show at the Brixton O2 Academy in February, and since then I had to go back and check out exactly who she was. I stumbled upon her debut EP Kiddo which she released last year and was pleasantly surprised. Upon hearing that she was playing a show we just knew that we had to be there.
Jessie's show which consisted of herself and her DJ was energetic as she treated fans to material from her EP, as well as debuting 2 unreleased songs, performing some covers and speaking a lot of truth about her journey. Alongside strong visual and production which added to the atmosphere of the show.
The show aside from the music was filled with personal moments from Jessie who reflected alot about her journey in the industry addressing the fact that she has been dreaming about this moment since she was 6 years old. As well as talking about her experience of sexism in the industry talking about her experiences that led to the song Gatekeeper and the fact that "The me too movement is not new". Really connecting to her fans there were no boundaries as she shared a drink with one lucky fan in the audience.
The setlist was a bit of a journey and showed of Jessie's vocal talent with a mixture of more mellow and chilled tracks like Great One along with the truth telling track 'Gatekeeper' as well her more upbeat tracks like her Calvin Harris featured single Hard To Love and her latest single Body Count. Jessie kept the crowd going for the duration of the show. She also played her popular cover of That Part by Schoolboy Q & Kanye West and Drake's Headlines. Emotions got to Jessie as she played her an acoustic and intimate version of her song Figures but she was able to end the show on a high and bring back the vibes during her closing performance of Blue Ribbon, even taking to doing a bit of crowd surfing and really getting into it.
Overall you could see the energy passion and talent that Jessie has. The dedication and gratefulness she has for her fans really showed how passionate she is and how as an artist she will take her hunger for the game and go far.
Words: Seneo Mwamba
Images: Isah Shah