Keni Burke ‘s exclusive date at Manchester’s Band On the Wall last evening was rapturously received by a large, knowledgeable crowd who had travelled from all around the UK to witness this concert from a sublime talent.
The intimate nature of the venue lent itself perfectly to the Keni’s subtle array of compositions, and he held the audience captivated throughout the entire set , leaving everyone begging for more.
All his big-hitters were performed with polished aplomb, highlights for me being “Paintings of Love” , (which still stuns me 30 years down the line from it’s release), “Gotta find my way back in your heart” , and the anthemic “Risin to the top” , where we were treated to a jazzier extended reading of one of the most important soul songs of the 80’s.
Keni is one of soul music’s gentlemen and he was only too pleased to spend time after the show with his many fans, and to sign copies of his excellent new 45 , “So real” which is just released on Expansion (KB7-2011-1) and is a collaboration with the excellent Cool Million.
Congratulations should also go to Mike Chadwick at the venue for being so dedicated to making this show happen, and to Ralph Tee for re-introducing a superb talent to the scene.