Marlon Roudette Wows Yoyo Crowd!
He may not be a household name just yet, but if last Thursday’s performance at YOYO is anything to go by, then Marlon Roudette is one to watch for 2012. After enjoying success around Europe – as part of duo-act, Mattafix – Marlon’s stepping out as a solo act, and his performance at the Notting Hill Arts Club was a perfect place for the talented singer-songwriter to start...
The audience at the west London venue were already in good spirits, after Mikill Pane’s impressive performance, but Roudette visibly raised the atmosphere up a notch. Dressed in all black and his guitar in tow, the singer was accompanied with a full band, as he took to the stage shortly after 10pm. Fusing R&B and soul with jazz and reggae, he passionately eased through songs – both past and present – in a slick and energetic manner.
Raised in St. Vincent, Marlon’s Caribbean roots are noticeable in his musical style. Throughout his performance, the singer regularly jumps on the steel drums – which oozed a summary carnival vibe. It went down a treat.
His single ‘New Age’, which spent eight weeks at the top of the German charts, was a general crowd pleaser. A personal highlight was his rendition of his new single, ‘Riding Home’ – which is a little taster from his same-titled EP. But it’s the encore performance of Mattafix’s 2005 smash single, ‘Big City Life’, that received the biggest applause – and it was quite frankly a great ending to a great show.
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