Day 18 of Red Bull Sound Select’s “30 Days In LA” was upon us! This evening’s roster for the month long celebration of music that turned L.A. County into Red Bull County featured a lineup consisting only of incredibly talented females. I had arrived at The Regent Theater right when doors opened and situated myself on the balcony with a Red Bull (how appropriate right?) and my gear bag. When the time came for the first act, Namasenda, to begin I made my way to floor and joinged the fellow photographers already in the photo pit.
As the lights dimmed, the crowd cheered and out came her DJ. The DJ played the intro to a track and right when the beat kicked, Namasenda jumped onstage immediately capturing the audiences attention, forcing them to get into the groove of things with her barrage of sonic sweetness. Her music was accompanied by welcome sounds of camera shutters clicking away around me and that really made me feel like I was right at home.
Namasenda (Born Naomi Namasenda) came out sporting a custom made outfit by Swedish designer Alice Ljungkrona which included a jacket that had actually had blue LEDs imbedded in it. The Swedish singer/songwriter had a style of music that really made me think back to my EDM days. I had done some research on the other two acts of the night, so I was expecting the night to be mainly driven my hip hop, but Namasenda changed up the formula on me and and gave The Regent Theater a full on dance party.
In between verses she would break out into a little dance across the stage in a playful manner with drink in hand. Her songs had a sense of innocence in them and it was something we really needed out here in LA. Overall, Namasenda’s set had a really positive energy that set a positive mood for the rest of the evening.
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