Brooklyn Steel rivaled the best jazz and blues bars in New York on Friday night thanks to Jacob Banks. The Nigerian-born and UK-raised artist brought his soulful and African-influenced music to a packed house of fans looking to ease into their weekends.
Abir opened the night. Her music can be described airy-pop with soul and funk influences. What really separates Abir from other pop artists is her voice. She has incredible range and can belt out ballads. Abir performed music from her recent EP, Mint. After a brief break, Jacob Banks’ band assembled and out ran Banks in his green jean, Village World Tour jacket.
Banks has intricately combined soul, R&B and African influences to create a gripping sound that is reinforced by his deep baritone. When he performs, he pours his heart into every lyric and sings with a passion that is unmatched by most artists. The crowd had all the feels when Banks performed “Chainsmoking” and “Love Ain’t Enough.” During “Unknown (To You),” the whole front of the house was silent. Later, Abir joined Banks on stage to sing “Kumbaya.”
Jacob Banks first received recognition when he released his EP, The Boy Who Cried Freedom. Two more, well received EPs followed before the release of his first LP, Village, on Interscope Records in November 2018. It was amazing to hear one of the best albums from 2018 performed live. Banks will be touring the United States through early March before returning to Europe.
Article: Alx Bear