Review: Raleigh Ritchie at Electric Brixton, London October 8

In Hip Hop by Nick Russell

Review: Raleigh Ritchie at Electric Brixton, London October 8

Considering the alter-ego/musical persona of actor Jacob Anderson didn’t exist more than two years ago, Raleigh Ritchie’s rise to prominence has been a remarkable feat. Last night’s show in Brixton, which was the penultimate date of his current UK tour ‘The Greatest’ proved two things.

One is that his fans cannot be labelled into one particular demographic – everyone from young suburban family types to inner-city ‘yoof’ turned out to the show, which is one of the best functions of music, social cohesion!.

The other fact last night proved was that his stage presence was a finely tuned skill which a lot of artists could learn from. Undoubtedly, his experience on screen complimented his show on stage, and the combination of original crowd interaction (which included mexican wave style high-fives from the front to the back), letting off silly string and industrial level party poppers on stage and eccentric on stage monologues showed that Raleigh is a true character.

The live band provided a top-notch backdrop to compliment Raleigh’s eclectic mix of pop, soul, heavy rock, and hip hop. An animated live performer, Raleigh definitely fed off the crowd’s excitement, and by the end he showed his humility by crediting the rapturous audience for their part in making the show what it was!

Photos courtesy of Jason Williamson.

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