Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Vagabon played a stunning headlining set at First Unitarian Church on Friday, sharing songs from her masterful 2017 debut LP, Infinite Worlds. Her dramatic vocal delivery and skillful guitar really impressed. Here are four more highlights and photos from the nights.
1. She’s a vocal powerhouse
Laetitia Tamko as Vagabon opens her mouth wide to reveal the inner workings of her soul. The vocal as instrument takes on a deeper meaning here, as her delivery showcases full attention to detail in every word and meaning.
2. She’s also a voice we need right now
Originally from Cameroon and now in New York, Vagabon’s songs discuss community and space and how one adapts and fits in to them. Her perspective is unique and especially necessary in this day and age. She’s destined to be a vital for many years to come. To witness it in the intimacy of a church’s basement was certainly a highlight in my year of abundant live musical experiences.
3. Cende rocked their last Philly performance
The second band on the bill, Cende, delivered a tight rock set before they officially disband. Exceptional drums and toe-tapping, head-bopping guitar beats energized the crowd. A special bonus was a guest appearance by (Sandy) Alex G on one song.
4. Philly’s own Radiator Hospital opened
The soundtrack to the beginning of this cold night that turned sweat-soaked was Radiator Hospital. The four-piece electrified the audience with some tracks from their recent LP Play the Songs You Like.