The crowd was boogieing throughout the night, feet shuffling and bodies bouncing about for hours at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, until the sixth edition of Karpos Live (9/1) came to a close. Spellbound, almost everyone – fans, musicians, and photographers – couldn’t help but let loose and groove along to the music.
Filipino singer-songwriter Unique and Kiwi-Aussie neo-soul/jazz act Jordan Rakei shared the marquee this time, and the pairing of these talents was such an exquisite choice.
Banna Harbera was on opening duties, starting out the evening’s affair nice and easy with their soulful tunes.
When Unique took the stage, he didn’t waste any time and went ahead with a crowd favorite: the tender, well-loved ballad ‘Mundo’ from his IV of Spades days. “Sa'n darating ang mga salita na nanggagaling sa aming dalawa?”, he began, bathed in the warm spotlight by his lonesome.
The bespectacled wunderkind launched into his set with choice picks from his growing but impressive songbook circa Grandma: from the likes of the macabre jam ‘Ozone’ to new material like the frenetic, pulsing psychedelia of ‘Lamang Lupa.’
His ever-loyal fans gathered near and sang along. Even some famous onlookers admiringly watched from the wings.
Jordan Rakei, in his return to our islands, kept the crowd transfixed with his gentle croon, but the grooves and beats spread through the intimate venue like wildfire, just like his song.
No one was standing still from ‘Mad World’ to ‘Mind’s Eye.’ Some were even already getting down on the floor. With his potent mix of jazz, soul, and hip-hop, Jordan cast his spell, like a real sorcerer, leaving embers glowing in the wake of his masterful performance.
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Karpos Live: Mix 7 featuring Munimuni and The Japanese House is happening on September 12, 2019. Tickets are available for PHP 2,850 (Regular) via Karpos Live. Get tickets here.