Laura Mvula October 06 2013
Totally unexpected, I got a call from my brother to ask if I wanted to go to see soul singer-writer Laura Mvula at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London. "Oh yes!" was my reply. I had seen Laura Mvula play a set on a late night showing on TV at Glastonbury in the Summer. She sang, "Green Garden" and I instantly liked what I heard, a raw heavy stomping sound stripped bare of any kind of remix or collaboration.
Laura Mvula (pronounced Mmm-m-vu-la) was born born in Birmingham and within 12 months of sending two demo tapes, she had a debut album, "Sing to the Moon".
First into the venue, my brother and I took our pick of where to stand... At the front, naturally, where we could get a good look and take decent photos! Only, no one told us that photographers would be standing right in front, trying to get one decent shot for their rag! It only went on for the first three songs much to the annoyance of the front line audience but once they were gone, we were free to enjoy the rest of the set and be as snap happy as we liked without a photographer's head getting in the way!
Dressed in a Black jumpsuit and a long Black snood, Laura Mvula is one cool chick whose stage presence had everyone in the house captivated. Her set was a mixture of drum heavy stomping to soul smooth strings of the harp, cello and violin. And her song "Diamonds", a song she said she penned for her friend who sadly passed away, brought a tear to my eye. It was so pure and beautiful. Somebody shouted from the audience, "Laura, you're an angel!". Whether you believe in angels or not, Laura Mvula certainly makes you believe there are...