Main Street Live with Tonye Aganaba, Asha and Indigo Kids (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, BC – Main Street Live is a monthly showcase of Vancity’s talented MCs and musicians brought together for an eclectic evening and held at the iconic Cobalt Hotel – this month was co-headlined by Tonye Aganaba, Asha Moyo and Indigo Kids.
This Thursday the evening was hosted by the hyphy Little T and his right-hand man DJ Haze. The duo kept the crowd stoked while the before performances kicked off with a lil’ something from Jak Drum. Working the room nicely with some “party over here, fuck you over there” crowd antics Drum no doubt held his own. Mistah Millz stepped up to bat next and took shit up a notch. A moment of silence for hip-hop’s fallen soldiers and big-ups to B.I.G led the witty MC into his energetic intro of “Juicy”. “Killin’ Y’all Limbs” and “Goin’ Fishin’” which showcased a straight West Coast style with stimulating originality and big energy.
Next up were Sesh, Brash Tha Dirtbag and Phase One; a little trio of dynamism that call themselves the Cloth Brothers. Hailing from Salt Spring Island, these dudes are fresh in the game and sharp on every bar. Their unique content and overall realness was made clear with tracks like “ Uptown Lady” and “ CockBlocks”. Ian FM followed with a miraculous beatbox set leading into Atmajestic’s smooth flow and a moment for host Little T to throw down on the mic as well.
The sweet sounds of Asha Moyo switched up the vibe a little with the four-piece Foundation Band joining her for some big tunes and bluesy soul to cover Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good”. Asha added the right amount of sweet just in time for some major sass. Miss Tonye Aganaba, had the Cobalt shook in just five songs. Just like a bad ass Lauren Hill she perfected “ To Zion” with epic amounts of soul and with her Foundation Band backing her up as well. “So What” and “Hide The Gun” were so on point they were worthy of chills.
MC Axiom (rocking out masquerade-style) and Kapok were joined by a little band themselves and a batman-mask-wearing little babe. These Indigo Kids keep themselves on a different level, making music that reflects that. From beats to bars these kitty cats added a piece of their own uniqueness while preserving a raw sound that is skilled and innovative. “Get Up” and “It’s the Beat” brought the energy up while the boys closed the evening off with the righteous “Mean What I Say”.
A diverse mix of creative minds all in one room somewhere in East Van can never be a bad thing and this group in particular was anything but ordinary. A wonderful mix of Vancity’s finest in unpretentious MC’s and musicians, Main Street Live is surely a night not to be missed.
Written and photographed by @KassKills for HipHopCanada