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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Omar @ Hoochie Coochie - May 11

Omar (vocal/keys); Lennex Cameron (vocal/keys); Hawi Gondwe (guitar); Darren Abraham (drums); ? (bass guitar); Samia (vocals).
(Review by Lance)
Back in the day, they were Stomping at the Savoy, Jumping at the Woodside or Rockin' thru the Rye. Last night, at Hoochie. they were doing all of those things and more within the square metre of space those fans on the dancefloor had managed to claim territorial rights to.
Hoochie's heavin', nobody's leavin'
Hot-legs and Hot-shots
Hindus and  Heathens
Highfliers and Hoi Polloi 
Here to hear the Real McCoy -
Omar!
It was a blast right from the off. Don't ask me to name all the songs - I didn't know them but the audience did. A cheer of recognition went up with each intro. Titles I did grasp (more or less) were: Party Tonight; Everybody Loves the Sunshine;  A Life With You; There's Nothing Like This; Stop War, Make Love...
There were many more all belted out to the delight of everyone, myself included. Omar, who's an MBE no less, has a good voice and great stage presence and he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. The band was top-notch too. Sizzling guitar,  groove-making bass (didn't catch his name, I think he'd only just joined the band although it didn't show), hit-em-where-it-hurts drums and keyboard capers from Cameron who also vocalised. In the warm-up, he blew some flute although I don't think he used it on the gig proper. More vocals - both backing and solo - from Omar's sister, Samia didn't do any harm, just the opposite in fact.
Like every gig I've been to at HC this was a hoot, a night to party and have fun.
Lance.
PS: My apologies to Julija Jacenaite for missing her gig/album launch at the Pro Bar- I hadn't realised until the last minute that the two gigs clashed. Catch you soon JJ.

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