MOBO AWARD-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown sold out east London’s Hackney Empire last night (Oct 3) in a reggae music extravaganza.
The self-taught music star, who topped the Jazz charts with her debut album April Showers, May Flowers, was joined on stage by musical heavyweights including Julian Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, and soul legends Mica Paris and Omar.
Natalie ‘Flocist’ Stewart, one half of award-winning duo Floetry – also joined the saxophonist on stage for Reggae Love Songs.
The show, inspired by YolanDa’s Jamaican parentage and love of the island, was attended by a host of stars including UK singers Terri Walker and Kyra.
Walker wrote on Twitter this morning (Oct 4): “Mooooooorning!!! Yoooooo I slept wicked you see!Last night gave me so much life!!!! @YolanDaBrownUK you are just LIGHT!!”
Live tweeting from the show last night, she wrote: “Our sister @yolandabrownuk shutdown her headline show tonight! Soooooo proud of you woman!”
YolanDa, from east London, described the show in the popular Hackney venue as her “homecoming”.
“Hackney Empire is one of the venues where I started my journey. I was doing all of the variety shows and things coming through. I was doing those venues from a very early age in my career,” she said. “To be able to return now and headline my own show has almost been like a homecoming and created a lot of excitement which is fantastic.”