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Bay Divas Sing

Postiwyd gan lucozade o Caerdydd - Cyhoeddwyd ar 03/04/2009 am 16:10
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WORDS: Luke Todd (Sprout Editorial Group)

Jazz, Blues And Swing at the Wales Millennium Centre was one of a number of events to promote International Women's Day.

The evening featured three divas (Patti Flynn, Humie Webbe and Jacky Webbe) from the now long-gone area of Tiger Bay (pictured), on which much of Cardiff Bay is built on.

Each of the local divas had their own unique characteristics which they brought to their act.

Patti Flynn opened the show to wild applause, clad in a gold-tinted mackintosh and flinging her handbag through the air. She had a comic touch, and although it took a while to warm to her voice, by the second half it had grown in confidence. The most memorable song from her act was The Lady Is A Tramp, which showed the strengths of her voice.

Humie Webbe wore a slick purple dress and had a rounded and developed voice. Her charm really came across through numbers such as Mad About The Boy, when she was able to produce a good rich quality to the lyrics.

The final diva to brace the Weston Studio was Jacky Webbe with her smooth and silky voice. She sang a number of love songs dedicated to her husband, who was in the audience. Amongst her set was the song From Me To You which suited her voice perfectly.

The women were accompanied by the Bayside Jazz Quartet which included a pianist, bassist, saxophonist and percussionist. It was a shame that the group were not given a little more time to showcase their musical talents as it would have been nice to hear them play a short musical set without any accompaniment.

During the second half, all three singers performed duets and even a couple of trios. It was a very informal occasion and due to the intimacy of the Weston Studio, this meant that the performers could easily interact with the audience.

Hearing some of the greatest jazz performed by a local trio accompanied by a band provided a wonderful evening of music. It was incredible to think that these women had grown up in the same area and during the same time as other divas such as Shirley Bassey.

Although Tiger Bay has now been lost to history, it is still living through the talents of those who called the bay their home.


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