Seen & Heard at Lido in Berlin, Germany
Universal recording artist Chima, born in Nigeria and raised in Germany, gave an impressive performance to a packed house. The show featured his original catalog of highly danceable pop tunes sung entirely in German with West African, Caribbean, soul and electronic music influences. I found the more world/pop tunes reminiscent of Paul Simon and Sting. Although my German is improving, it's not at the level where I'm understanding all of the lyrics yet. So, I relied heavily upon my friends' glowing commentaries about the beauty of his lyricism, especially on the melancholic, mid-tempo "Du bist nicht sie [You're not her]." Emerging German electro pop-soul star Lary made a guest appearance on the tune, "Kleinigkeiten [Little Things]." I'm looking forward to seeing her full live show. She had an amazing presence and energy on the stage, and I loved her signature Poetic Justic-era Janet Jackson dookie braids. FYI, she released her debut album, Future Deutsche Welle, late last year, so be sure to check it out.