SOUTH AFRICAN group Shangaan Electro brightened the dismal skies outside the Library of Birmingham on Saturday with their infectious high-speed music and dance act.
Set in the open air amphitheatre and part of the Bring To Light event - a weekend celebrating experimental music and performance - the five performers, all elaborately dressed in feathers and masks, brought smiles to all who watched the dazzling display of contemporary African dance music as they sang and danced their way through an impressive show.
A fast-paced style incorporating complex rhythms and many layers of percussion, more at home on the streets of Soweto than Birmingham, was backed by charismatic producer Nozinja's lively rapport with the audience.
"Shangaan Electro is all about speed. We're going to reach 189 beats per minute," he cried, before launching into another speedy number.
Members of the public who attended a dancing workshop with the group the day before were invited on stage to join them for a particularly fast number and this sparked the biggest cheers from the public, most of whom were watching from above, outside the library.
The typical English rain didn't prevent the traditional Shangaan rhythmic style from bringing the flavour of African culture to the city.
The group, who focus more on keyboards and vocal samples than the traditional guitar, brought smiles to all who were lucky enough to witness this enthusiastic display of modern dance music.
Great entertainment and a perfect way to light up a rainy Saturday.
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