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Published on July 22nd, 2011 | by Denny Armatrading

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Raphael Saadiq – iTunes festival





Raphael Saadiq took to the stage in his retro 60’s influenced attire. Looking very sharp, dressed in nearly all white. His band awaited him as he came out to a rapturous applause from the crowd.
While not taking to the microphone straight away, Raphael took a moment to absorb the crowd’s energy and feel the sweet soulful sounds being deployed from his band behind him.

Mr Saadiq finally took the microphone in hand and added his vocals to the beautifully played backing track of “The Answer”.

Mainly performing tracks from his most recent album, the 60’s inspired “Stone Rollin’”, while favourites from previous albums such as “Love That Girl” and “Still Ray” kept fans happy.

Raphael Saadiq at the iTunes festival 2011

Despite having a back catalogue of songs that stretches to the late 80’s Raphael chose to keep it a much more contemporary affair, emitting the popular “Get Involved” feat Q-Tip and anything from the Lucy Pearl era.

The show was none the less top notch. Watching Raphael Saadiq on stage leads you to truly believe he is feeling his music. His swaying and contractions to the beats appear truly genuine.

A few added moments of entertainment included Raphael and his lead backing singer performing a short dance routine and when Raphael Saadiq had the occasional moment without the microphone. Mouthing words to the song to a lucky female audience member. Mouthing words like hold me, I love you and the like went down extremely well with the female fans causing the occasional scream.

A crowd pleaser indeed, his stage presence and performance where top notch and show why Raphael Saadiq has been at the forefront of neo-soul since the movement started in the late 90’s.

Plaudits must be given to the band and all backing vocalists also, who helped make the show the spectacular event it was.

If you’re a fan of neo-soul, like the soulful sound of the 60’s or just want to see a masterfully crafted performance, you can’t go far wrong than a night out at a Rahael Saadiq concert.

Rating 4.5/5

You can purchase Rahpael Saadiq’s latest album “Stone Rollin‘” from iTunes



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is a massive music fan and has been writing professionally about it since 2009. Graduating from University in Digital Arts & Design for Interactive Media, Denny has years of experience working online in various areas. Music is his passion and his work.


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