The closing song of Kwame’s sold out Brisbane show perfectly described the raw feelings of the crowd as they walked away from the intimate show, “Wow”. And wow indeed. The 21 year old rapper from Sydney has certainly made a huge impact on the Australian music scene since being awarded Triple J Unearthed’s Artist Of The Year and he’s only just getting started. With a sold out crowd packing into the sweaty Black Bear Lodge for his second night at the venue, he had everyone instantly jumping up and down and clapping their hands to ‘No Time’. As he looked around the venue he screamed “Brisbane, sing it with me” as he launched into ‘Feel Good’ and the unreleased ‘Bounce With It’ which literally had the floorboards of the venue moving from the excited and well participating crowd. His banter with the crowd was strong as he connected with them and continued to hype them up with the “when I say ThatBoy, you say Kwame” chants which continued all night long. ‘Freeway’, ‘Change’ and ‘All On You’ followed before the crowd lit up the room with their mobile phones during the stripped back ‘Coffee’. Getting ready to hype up the crowd more ‘After Party’ and ‘Clouds’ had the crowd screaming along to the lyrics and his smile couldn’t be bigger. “Brisbane is so fucking lit tonight” he confessed before he closed the show with fan favourite ‘Wow’ which again was pretty appropriate with how you felt when you left the venue.
Kwame is a very energetic and personable live performer and the small stage at Black Bear Lodge sort of restricted his interaction. He is an artist that is born to play bigger stages and already has the confidence and stage persona to do that. It’s just slightly harder when you don’t have a lot of room onstage to re-create and satisfy that energy and that’s the only thing he slightly struggled with during this show.
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Photos by Jordan Rogers-Smith
KWAME 2019 Australian Tour
Fri 22 Feb – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Sat 23 Feb – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*
Sun 24 Feb – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Fri 1 Mar – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
Thu 7 Mar – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle *SOLD OUT*
Fri 8 Mar – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle *SOLD OUT*