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Katie Melua: Live In Cape Town

2008-09-25 13:56
Prancing about in a short frilly black dress, opaque stockings and patent black Mary-Jane's and armed with a purple electric guitar Katie played the crowd at the Cape Town leg of her world tour.

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"It's wicked to be back!" she cooed. It was the 24-year-old's third visit to SA, her tour coinciding with the release of The Katie Melua Collection which features all her hits from the past five years. What’s that you say - a "best of" already? Well, while Katie's smoky blues and jazz filtered pop sound initially got her all the headlines, she showed a whole other side to herself on this tour.

She entranced with her mellow acoustics and aroused with her electric reggae and rock inspired tunes. Highlights of the night were "Lilac Wine", an acoustic piece and "Spider's Web". Katie departed from her 'convent girl' image to jam with her band for about 15 minutes, going from rock to jazz as she twirled around on stage in girly delight. She also showed her diversity by changing from acoustic to electric guitar and back again, swinging her legs as she pounded the keyboard. She's clearly the kind of lass who excites the boys while simultaneously pleasing their moms.

The showing could very well be a snippet of things to come. Pictures was Katie's last collaboration with mentor Mike Batt (who also writes most of her songs), so we should see Katie taking her music in a refreshingly different direction.

- Ashlin Simpson

Dynamite does come in small packages. Katie Melua is around 5, 5 ft tall and can't weigh much more than a 13-year-old, but her lack of physical stature is more than made up for in talent.


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