While other bands will deliver unadulterated dance parties, we can take a deep breath during Mama Magnolia’s performance and let the music take over.
At the core of Mama Magnolia music is discipline and restraint. While the shows may get sweaty, this is a clean funk. The lyrics, vocals, bass lines and horns have heaps of heart, but Mama Magnolia has the polyrhythmic, complex structures of a refined jazz musician. These are music students as concerned with the spirit of the music as the technique.
This set became something to revel in. I often found myself closing my eyes and tapping my foot. Each member was playing deceivingly complicated music in a way that almost slips past the senses. Couple this attention to emotional and musical detail with an absolutely divine vocalist and you have one classy cocktail of soulful, passionate and amazing music.
Soulful, compassionate music that is brazenly vulnerable and manages to be sensuous without being vulgar, a welcome addition to an often emotionally stunted music industry in which a song called “Rack City” exists
THIS BAND IS PHENOMENAL AND YOU MUST HEAR THEM