Review: Wara, Brighton Dome Studio, Friday May 10


Let me be clear: this band is very, very good live.

Their music makes you want to dance the night away, they have great stage presence, a lot of energy and they engage with their audience.

Wara is made up of a multi national group of talented musicians, bringing with them an amazing fusion of genres, including Cuban timba, salsa, soul, funk, jazz, reggae and hip hop.

It’s a blend that works beautifully and which provides a lot of interest throughout the gig.

The vocals from the two main singers, as well as the keyboard player were spell binding and the rapping from the MC added an unexpected and exciting layer to the band’s appeal.

A vast array of instruments in the nine piece band, including trumpet and saxophone helped to create a multi layered and complex sound.

Wara are currently on a UK Tour so if you get the chance to see them, I can’t recommend them enough.

Seeing them live will be fun, frenetic and leave you with a big smile on your face.

The Brighton crowd absolutely loved them and within about five minutes everyone was dancing away - even the people at the back.

Wara have previously played Glastonbury, The Big Chill Festival and the Barbican’s Blaze Festival.

Here’s hoping for many more gigs from them - I would definitely watch them live again.

And I’ll be buying their album this week too. They were absolutely brilliant.