The Urban Expression of Elani
We have previously established that I dislike many things. Thunder, snails, mosquitoes, and yes, the night life. Thunder is too sudden. Too loud. I dislike noise generally. Its too unnerving. Snails, I can’t understand why anything chooses carry it’s dwellings on it’s back for eternity. Mosquitoes, well the darn things cannot let you catch a wink on a tired day. As for the night life, it is too unpredictable. I gravitate towards predictability. Bet you are wondering why I’m suddenly giving you a lesson on my pet peeves? Elani. That’s why.
I received an invitation from a good friend to attend an event dubbed Elani’s Urban Expression, which was to take place on 5th November 2010, from 7:00 p.m. Normally, I would have courteously declined, looking for every plausible excuse that did not make me look like I was actually afraid of the dark. This invitation however was different, and I knew I had to attend.
Having acquired my advance ticket, I set out to find out what exactly Elani produced, and what was special about this particular group, that I could not find on any other Kenyan group. I was pleasantly surprised after sampling their work, and I have to admit my curiosity was piqued, well enough to suddenly morph to Braveheart, with my fear of night life or noisy crowds being tossed out the window for a spell. I was all psyched up and revving to go.
The Expressions Begin
I did arrive at the venue early enough, which was a great idea, because not only did I catch the best seat in the house, I was able to catch the opening acts. The curtain raisers, if you please. You would think that the opening acts would be toned down, and the crowd would be impatiently waiting for the stars of the event to come up stage. What we were treated to was nothing short of electrifying. With the sterling performances of Patricia Kihoro, she of the Tusker Project Fame, and her enormously catchy song ‘What Not Not’ (which I can’t still get out of my head by the way), Renee, Denis and Lele Group, the crowd was dancing away, all warmed up, awaiting the main performers.
Enter Elani. Right from their instrumental tune-up, to a dramatic entrance, the crowd was in a frenzy. It was quite interesting, because I could tell for a fact that not many people knew their songs. The way the tracks were delivered however was spectacular. The energy the group exuded, their willingness to involve the crowd, the drummer who was in a complete trance – the crowd (*whispering* Me included) ate it up. So great was the performance that when it was over, the crowd was having their own version of Encore call-out. And the tired performers had to stay for one and a half (yes, half) extra performance, just to get us lot to agree to go home.
Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. I overcame my fear of the dark, at least for one night, and I have to say, it was worth it. I shall be looking forward to a collection of their studio recorded, sound improved tracks.