Solange WayBright Stage, Oro-Medonte ON, July 29
Published Jul 30, 2017Solange took the WayBright stage in the middle of golden hour, casting a setting sun over the emotional crowd. She performed hits like "Losing You," but the magic of the performance hit especially hard during the interludes between tracks, where she and her troupe performed minimal and understated choreography that commanded attention.
The performance largely centred on her most recent album, A Seat at the Table. Backed by a band of approximately seven people, Solange played a focal role in the choreography that was understated and minimal, yet emotionally resonant. Most of the audience were seated on the ground, inviting Solange's soft, yet commanding falsetto to enrapture them in its subtle and unsuspecting way. Hearing soft, melancholy chords languidly unfold on a Rhodes piano as they backed her vocals was a delicate and introspective performance that few were anticipating at WayHome, but eagerly received.
With the performance Solange gave, she made it clear that she is an artist purely of her own making, channelling an authentic and intimate self-expression that is rare in contemporary music. Behind her gorgeous voice, her live band lent an atmosphere of authenticity. Closing her set off with "Don't Touch My Hair," Solange carved a niche of her own at the festival, bidding the sun farewell as it set over her stage.