As we arrive at the Parisian venue New Morning on Thursday evening to see what Yarah Bravo has on offer for us, we have to make our way through a ganja cloud – sign that it’s going to be a good night (or at least that no-one is going to get rowdy, which is not bad in itself). For those who don’t know the New Morning, it’s a venue in Paris’ 10th district, on rue des Petites Écuries, which has jazz, hip-hop, reggae and world music on its line up – basically, everything we like! We were invited to check out the special New School nights at New Morning, which have been going on for a year and Thursday was the third of the year.
As the room fills up (a certain post-attack fear obviously detectable), a little lady makes her way on to the stage at around quarter past nine: it’s LMK.
Born in Lyon, into a family of musicians, she played the harp at music school for 12 years before discovering a new instrument: her voice. And we can definitely say it was a good discovery. In a Rub-A-Dub/Dancehall/Hip-Hop style, the young singer reels out sounds and composes her voice with ridiculous ease. Her flow, which wavers between Beyoncé and Biga Ranx, brings the whole audience to attention. LMK was on stage to reveal her first album Musical Garden to us. With English lyrics but hints of Frenchie vibes (L’entourloop, Davojah or even Troy Berkley), the hits don’t stop. We start to realise that we wouldn’t be surprised to hear the likes of “All I want to Do”, “Music is my life” or “Realise It” on repeat on the national radio. The audience start to let lose, everyone’s clapping and even the most laid back of us realise we’re dancing. LMK is very engaging, pacing the stage from left to right, joking about and letting out a “Brraaa!! Ganja Smokers!” She’s won over the audience, even with her more jazzy numbers like “I say no”.
So that you realise how talented this young lady is (sorry LMK, we’re old here), here’s a little sneak peek, and we hope it’ll make you want to listen to the full album on repeat.
We continue our “Girl Power” night (following the speediest scene change we have ever seen, congrats) with Yarah Bravo’s arrival on stage. Yarah Bravo is a Swedish singer, daughter of a Chilean mother and Brasilian father, and is known for being a member of the band One Self with DJ Vadim and MS Blu Rum 13. And, for those who are in with the French scene, she featured in TTC’s album “Ceci n’est pas un disque”.
A drummer, a pianist, a bassist, a DJ and Yarah singing make up the formation. We take our hats off to them because if the singer is good, the musicians are no less. They set the standards! With her amazing reggae priestess look, Yarah chats with her audience et offers her words of love and peace: “When I say One, you say Love!” Get the spirit going! We feel the almost mystical connection she has with her music, and her radiating quickly warms us up. The audience is under her spell, even if the first two super calm songs frightened a few of us after the energy of LMK’s set.
The gradual build-up to more fast-paced songs brings the atmosphere up with it, and in the end everyone gets on board the tumultuous ride of Ninja Tune’s protégé. Yarah Bravo sings Good Girls Rarely Make History and Love is The Movement, released in 2008 and 2014, back to back. We can’t help but think of Bob Marley, as the lyrics breathe a universal message of peace.
To show you just how talented the singer is, we’ll leave you with a live recording form a few months ago (you don’t really want to listen to a barely audible blackberry recorded clip):
The festivities carried on late in to the night. The Limo team were called away for other adventures before Dubmatix’s show, but web et it was good.
To conclude, we loved the venue : the super chilled-back vibe, the amazing quality artisits, and a sound-system to scare off some of the best venues in Paris. Really, we’re won over.
And if we’ve made you want to check out the New School nights, check out the link here to keep up to date with what’s coming up (according to our sources, the next one’s in January 2016). We veeery strongly recommend it!
The Limo team