This event was organised by the London-based organisation which holds an annual event in the big smoke for “punx of colour” – there are other “on tour” events planned for next year as well. Given the large number of other gig options in the city that night it was pretty well-attended.
First up tonight was Trishaaa, an Edinburgh-based artist who sang some r’n’b-fused tracks with a backing tape – very promising but a little tentative, the crowd was however very supportive.
Next up was Ray Aggs, doing another R.AGGS set, which went down very well indeed with the crowd. BM won’t say anything more about the music, having been at two previous performances in the last month, other than to say again how great the vibes from these sets are and how talented Ray is!
The headliner tonight was Glasgow-based Kapil Sashasayee, who played his trademark guitar (and some other backing effects) with Diljeet on flute and a very energetic drummer (apologies for forgetting his name!). This music and lyrics were passionate regarding such topics as casteism and racial oppression. There were tracks from his most recent album ‘Laal’, another concept album about Bollywood. Hard to categorise – in a good way – it verged between pure pop through guitar-shredding indie riffing and shades of Indian traditional influences. It was intense, demanding the audience’s attention, which it certainly got tonight – highlights were live versions of the “quite electronic on the record” tracks like ‘Rupture Of The Wheel’ and ‘The Gharial’. The set was a stirring end to a great night and BM hopes the Decolonise crew enjoyed their trip to Glasgow and return again.