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Agbeko raised the roof of the Soup Kitchen at their sold out gig. The Manchester 11-piece’s no holds barred performance was clearly loved by the packed out crowd.

The energetic band blessed the room with their unique blend of funk, jazz and afrobeat, storming through their set and taking no prisoners.

Proceedings started with the gorgeous ‘D.O.D. (Death Of Discourse)’, which included an incredible trombone solo. Vocalist Ellen Lewis relished her role as frontwoman, confidently leading the band through their set.

The band's new single ‘Leaders Of The Free World’ was a funky exposé of the powers that be and saw a belting sax solo, soaring vocals, and plenty of wah wah.

Lewis called on the women at the show to help her with the lyrics to ‘Submit’, a defiant, feminist stomper.

‘Where The Wires Cross’ pleased the audience with its gentle bass line and epic brass parts, whilst ‘Unite’ was well-received with its Spanish trumpet and catchy chorus. ‘Albert's Loss’ was a funky mosh of a song. Its heavy, driving guitar and Eastern sounding brass saw everyone getting into the groove. And the room went mad for the final song, the sun-drenched ‘Need Nobody’, which topped off the night.

Agbeko were like a party in a can; all fun and smiles with raw excitement. Go and see them if you can for one of the best gigs of your life.

Filed under: #Live music

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