In addition to the review, I think it is a good idea to share the videos I recorded during the show, so that people who were not lucky enough to witness it can have an idea of what I am talking about.
I hope you will enjoy them and next time Ty is in your neck of the woods you run to see him!
The first video is an extract of Ty’s performance of Emotions, one of my favourites on Special Kind Of Fool. It is the first song he did and it really set the mood for the evening, as it was indeed full of emotions!
Then, you can witness the talent of beautiful Obenewa who sings her deep and inspiring Put yourself in my shoes. I have to admit I had never heard of Obenewa before but I am definitely convinced of her talent and I will look for more music from her for sure! She was a bit overwhelmed and obviously very emotional and I find it very touching to share such feelings with an audience.
Finally, the last video is an extract of Ty and Erik Rico’s performance of yet another favourite of mine, the very inspiring and positive Me. This song is simply perfect to me and I am really happy to see that there are artists out there who spread such beautiful and important messages. Big up Ty and Erik for sharing your talent and love from music with so many like-minded people!
Knowing Ty‘s energy and enthusiasm when it comes to music and performing, I was expecting to have a great time. The night was actually better than anything I had imagined: I have to say it was the best show I have ever been to!
The atmosphere was great and Ty’s interraction with the other artists and the audience was simply incredible. Positive vibrations were floating everywhere, it really felt like a family reunion, with so many people being on the same wave-length and having fun together. In the same spirit, a lot of jokes were exchanged, making the show a very entertaining one.
To start-off the evening in style, Man vs. Wife and DJ Bounce offered us the best in soulful music, from hip-hop to neo-soul, setting the mood for this beautiful evening.
After this introduction, as Jazz Cafe was starting to be packed, it was time for Black Einstein and co. to take over the stage. Accompanied by Mystro, Miss Baby Sol, Sharlene Hector and Xavier Jones Barnett, he presented some of his tracks, including extracts from his upcoming project, re-works of David Bowie’s hits. Their energy was as amazing as their vocal talent and the performance was spotless.
Following a short interlude consisting of a set by Mr Thing, it was time for Ty to bless the stage. Straight from the moment he appeared on stage, the love from the audience was obvious and he seemed not so much surpised as overwhelmed by such a beautiful welcome. He started the show with his single Emotions, which is still wonderful to me, even after about a hundred listens and the message was perfectly fit to describe the moment. ‘I feel a vibe when I hear a good song’ is very relevant to me, as I’m sure it is for many people!
After that, he performed songs from Special Kind Of Fool, as well as from his previous albums (Closer, Wait a minute among others) and I have to underline his wonderful energy, obvious lyrical talent and flow, and great sense of humour. All those made me go through a wide range of emotions and most of all made me blessed to be able to witness such a connection between an artist and his audience. Also, I have to give props to the live band and to all the other artists who spread love and music: Vula, Eska, Roses Gabor, Carroll Thompson, Obenewa, Sharlene Hector and my good friend Erik Rico, who helped him with two of my favourite songs, Me and Special Kind Of Fool. As his performance drew to an end I just didn’t want it to finish and thought it would be quite hard to go back to ‘normal life’ after that.
Fortunately, it was not quite the end of the night, as Erik Rico stepped on the stage on his own this time, to do his thing. He presented a selection of his songs, from Journey Back To Me, his Re-Works project with the very sensual remake of Sade’s Sweetest Tabu, and exclusive tracks from his upcoming house project entitled In the Basement. As usual his energy was amazing and I feel very fortunate to be able to see him on stage as often as I do! I do hope he will back on the London stages very soon (hint intended)!
As tiredness was taking over, I had to leave but people were still partying hard with Mr Thing and his old-school hip-hop set, which set the Jazz Cafe on fire and made me think of a phrase I heard somewhere before… ‘Peace, unity, love and having fun’!
P.S. If you like Jerry Barnett pictures, you can have a look at his work on his website
There are times when you discover an artist who has been around for many years and you start to question yourself: how on earth could I sleep on them for so long?! This is what happened to me when I heard Ty for the first time, not so long ago…
I have to say that, once again, I owe this discovery and thus a big thank you to the Morpheus Soul Show. They played the single Emotions from the upcoming album Special Kind Of Fool (out on 19th April peeps!) way before it was released (exclusive…) and that’s when I fell in love with Ty’s music. If you haven’t heard Emotions, I strongly advise you to get it now (available on ).
What I really appreciate about Ty’s music is that I can immediately relate to what he expresses and the messages he spreads. Every single track I’ve heard is a perfect mixture of wicked beats, amazing flow and excellent lyrics. Ty is just a regular human being who is trying to do what he loves and inspire people. I have to say it works amazingly well!
I haven’t been as impatient to hear an album as I am for Special Kind Of Fool in a very long while, and so far all the tracks I have listened to only confirmed Ty’s talent and the quality of the album. Another thing I’m really looking forward to is seeing Ty live, as he obviously has a lot of energy and positive vibes to share, which makes him a great performer.
The great thing about Ty is that he always has some goodies for his fans, to make the waiting a bit less painful. Among these, I need to mention his mixtape Something big!, mixed by DJ Bounce, which is a great way for people like me to discover his universe and previous releases, and for people who are already familiar with his music, to enjoy their favourite tracks, as well as sneak peaks at Special Kind Of Fool. The mixtape is a free download and it is definitely worth being in your collection.
Another wonderful gift for us was his recent visit to the Morpheus Soul Show, which consisted of playing some his recent and older tracks, a very interesting and inspiring interview and finally a breathtaking live session with Temporary Residents’ very own Lyrickal, where he played his own beats. If you missed it, or if you want to enjoy it once again, you can get the podcast here. You can also watch an extract of the live session here, courtesy of Raj Pardesi.
Finally, Ty recently released the official video for the first single off Special Kind Of Fool, the amazing Emotions. I particularly appreciate this song and the wonderful lyrics. I can definitely relate to: “I feel a vibe when I hear a good song / I feel alive and it helps me carry on with the mundane.” The song is packed with such lyrical gems and the video complements it perfectly, with all the colours and positive vibrations.
You can also have a look at the amazing pictures taken by Jerry Barnett during the shooting of the video here.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the EPK for Special Kind Of Fool, which is a very interesting and inspiring presentation of the album.
Now, for your ears and eyes’ pleasure, here is the official video of Emotions: enjoy!