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Manu Dibango at the Barbican

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:58 am
by Ted
Anyone else see him? What did you think? A bit dull in parts I thought.

TW

Re: Manu Dibango at the Barbican

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:21 am
by Ian A.
Ted wrote:Anyone else see him? What did you think? A bit dull in parts I thought.


Dull? Dull would have been blessed relief. I was reduced to gnawing my leg off to stay awake. I thought the Cassandra Wilson gig there earlier this year was the pits for pointless muso noodling, but this was even worse, bland muso noodling. And the less said about Marc Minelli gamely standing on the stage with his laptop for - oh, was it about 18 hours? - without his visa-less Electro Bamako band, the better. Electro Barbican is not quite the same . . .

Dear oh dear. And oh dear . . .

Hobble, hobble . . .

Re: Manu Dibango at the Barbican

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:23 am
by Charlie
Ian A. wrote:Dear oh dear. And oh dear . . .

Hobble, hobble . . .

See what I mean - I told you I'd rather stay home and listen to Soul Makossa

Re: Manu Dibango at the Barbican

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:46 pm
by Ted
I noticed you standing outside looking pained, Ian.
Ian A. wrote:I was reduced to gnawing my leg off to stay awake.


I didn't. (Stay awake that is). I closed my eyes during the bass players song and was woken by polite applause. First time thats happened since The Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1973.

Reggae Makossa was fine, but the rest of it was not calculated to have us up and dancing.

Strange audience as well - they seemed to be the kind of all-purpose culture consumers you sometimes get at the barbican - not familiar with the material, generally a bit staid.

Still, I should have known. My infallible bass guitar rule was proved correct again - who really needs a 7 string bass?

You're right about the bloke with the guitar and the technology - he had me in the bar half way through the second "song".

Cheers
TW

Re: Manu Dibango at the Barbican

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:18 pm
by Ian A.
Charlie wrote:I told you I'd rather stay home and listen to Soul Makossa

God, I can think of many gigs this year that would have been better than staying home and listening to Soul Makossa! Just not this one . . .

But I fully expect to read a glowing review of it. This morning I just listened to an album that got a 5-star review in one of today's papers and it was more bland music-by-numbers that just happened to be made by a "legendary" singer.

Maybe it's time for year zero on music critics. (Yes, I'll get my coat for sure . . . )

Re: Manu Dibango at the Barbican

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:45 am
by tulsehill charlie
I closed my eyes during the bass players song and was woken by polite applause. First time thats happened since The Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1973.


There's a good subject (especially for reviewers). What sends you to sleep? Chick Corea's Electric Band at the Barbican some years back did it for me - just too many notes to process.

Re: Manu Dibango at the Barbican

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:03 pm
by Ted
tulsehill charlie wrote:There's a good subject (especially for reviewers). What sends you to sleep? Chick Corea's Electric Band at the Barbican some years back did it for me - just too many notes to process.


At a Cecil Taylor gig a few years back I had to leave at half-time because I was just exhausted by the level of concentration he required. Not at all the same thing as I experienced with Manu Dibango last week.

TW