Saturday 27 April 2024

Empowering Women in Music Industry – A Night of Vibrant Rhythms and Soulful Melodies

by Obasola Bamigbola

On a crisp evening at the National Arts Centre (NAC), Ottawa’s cultural heartbeat quickened with a captivating array of musical talent. The stage was set for an unforgettable journey through rhythm, melody, and soul, as Kellylee Evans, Lorraine Klaasen, Janice Jo Lee, and Joy Lapps took centre stage for a mesmerizing performance.

The evening commenced with an explosion of energy as Kellylee Evans graced the stage, igniting the atmosphere with her dynamic presence. With her soulful voice and magnetic charisma, Evans effortlessly commanded the audience’s attention, setting the tone for an electrifying night ahead. From upbeat numbers that had the crowd swaying to poignant ballads that tugged at the heartstrings, Evans captivated listeners with her versatility and raw emotion.

Following Evans’ captivating performance, the stage welcomed the incomparable Lorraine Klaasen, whose rich South African vocals and infectious rhythms transported the audience on a musical journey spanning continents. With roots deeply entrenched in South African jazz and township music, Klaasen’s performance was a celebration of heritage and identity. Her soul-stirring renditions, infused with elements of Afro-jazz left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who bore witness.

As the evening unfolded, Janice Jo Lee took to the stage, enchanting the audience with her distinctive blend of folk-inspired melodies and poignant lyricism. Lee’s introspective songs, coupled with her soul-stirring vocals and intimate storytelling, invited listeners into a world of introspection and vulnerability. Each note resonated with authenticity, evoking a range of emotions that reverberated throughout the venue.

Rounding off the evening was the immensely talented Joy Lapps, whose mastery of the steelpan captivated audiences with its melodic richness and infectious rhythms. Lapps’ performance was a testament to the versatility of the steelpan, as she effortlessly traversed genres, infusing Caribbean influences with contemporary flair. From upbeat calypsos to soulful ballads, Lapps’ virtuosity left a lasting impression, earning her thunderous applause and standing ovations.

Collectively, the four artists delivered a concert that was nothing short of spectacular. Each brought their unique voice and perspective to the stage, weaving together a tapestry of sound that celebrated diversity, resilience, and the power of music to unite. These artists not only entertained but inspired, leaving audiences spellbound and craving more.

The evening showcased the depth and diversity of Canada’s musical landscape. It was a night to remember, where barriers were transcended, and souls were stirred by the transformative power of music.

Obasola Bamigbola

Veteran photographer and reporter Obasola Bamigbnola relocated to Canada in 2023 and now calls Ottawa home.