Tonye Aganaba at Fanclub Vancouver [Review]
Vancouver, BC – There is something wonderful about stepping into a nightclub on a Saturday evening and giving it up to the entertainment to completely captivate you. Tonye Aganaba and her band – formerly The Foundation – do just that. With a playfully in-your-face presence there is no resisting the attention demanded by Tonye and her band of 5. The proof: a packed house at Vancouver’s Fanclub this past Saturday.
While Tonye leads the crew with her soul sound and stunning charm, her man on the keys Allan Olliviere adds an extra spice with his own charm and soul. They certainly don’t call him the Soulman for nothing. Mike Agranovich on the guitar, Tom Heuckendorff on keys, James Calvin Thompson on bass and Paul Clark on drums let their talents speak for them…oh, and their extreme handsomeness as well, as Tonye likes to point out.
The crew played a mixture of original tracks like the laid-back, hazy “Look Of Love”, “Midnight Flight To Vegas” and “Run Until I Die” where Tonye shows off a bit of her hip-hop side. Nobody flows quite like Magic T and you would know if you saw her throw down Dre and Shady’s “Forgot About Dre” in a tasseled white dress and knee high boots. She has the looks of a goddess and the flow of a beast, especially with a cover of Busta’s “Gimme Some More”.
She kills the game solo but with the addition of the energy and talent from her band, Tonye is on another level. Their vibe is jazzy and souled out mixed with hip-hop and dance worthy tunes with a touch of sass. Tonye closed with little reminder that when someone tries to bring you down, particularly a cheating ex, you gotta “Shake It Off” – an upbeat, dance party song that had the whole room on the floor. A singing voice that could kill but a flow that could stand up to some of Vancity’s best; rappers should hope she doesn’t move all the way into their lane.
Catch Tonye and her band at Guilt & Co on February 13.
Review and photography by KassKills for HipHopCanada