There’s something intriguing about having a gig underneath a main space. The mysteriousness about it all always makes me feel that I am walking downstairs into a space unknown. But for a bar like Birthdays, with such a seasoned roster of artist appearances, I assumed it wasn’t going to be too out of the box. But for who I was going to see, Kah-Lo and Riton, I had no idea what I was expecting. This Grammy nominated duo have already made massive waves across the music industry and have introduced us to a vision of colourful dance music. With well-respected producer Riton and energised vocalist Kah-Lo, I couldn’t wait to have this experience.
When I got the invite, I literally screamed at the chance to see them live. As a fellow Nigerian and a lover of house music, I have been rooting for Kah-Lo ever since I heard about her. As I walked into the room, I was greeted by huge gold balloons that spelt out K & R whilst the stage was set up with fake palm trees, which I felt aligned nicely with their summery and bright image.
I was eager to see the pair do what they do best, which is getting everybody hyped and dancing. They exceeded that expectation without a doubt that evening, underground in Birthdays. They brought this air of excitement to the room. A hyper-energised feeling that left everyone in awe and wanting more. I generally like to stand back and observe when I go to shows, but this time I was right with the crowd, dancing along to hits ‘Ginger’ and ‘Betta Riddem’, amongst others. Kah-Lo’s interaction with us was filled with absolute elation, happy to see us vibsing and singing along to her lyrics. The performance was clean and well-executed, the set enjoyable and well-paced. Even giving us a solo experience of Riton to really let ourselves loose.
They injected songs from new album ‘Foreign Ororo’, which was released on the 28th of September, and was thoroughly welcomed by the crowd. This was their first headline show in London as of yet and was a great start to what I hope will be many more. As there was not one single dull moment of the whole night, just good vibes and smiling faces.
I managed to catch a few words with Kah-Lo afterwards, as she socialised amongst her fans and loyal listeners. And I just felt this genuine buzz radiating from her. Which could be because for 30 minutes straight she was jumping and dancing about, taking swigs from the Hennessy bottle she had on stage. Or because she was passionate about what she was doing and the impact she was bringing to listeners.
So, if you want an energised, fun-filled performance, Kah-Lo and Riton are definitely the next ones you would want to see. Check out the gallery below.