30 June
Manchester International Festival

LaSharVu and their band gave an electrifying performance at Manchester International Festival. Rocking the mostly packed crowd, the vocal supergroup asserted their pedigree. As well they might, when consisting of the highly accomplished singing trio, LaDonna Harley Peters, Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga.

Having provided backing vocals for some of the top names in the industry, such as Madonna, Sam Smith, and Emeli Sande, their own project firmly places their talents centre stage. Performing a mixture of covers, and their own material, the trio instantly wowed the audience with their trademark harmonies and soulful vocals before continuing to deliver beautiful harmonies throughout the set. The group operated as an ultra-smooth, seamless unit to create a heavenly sound.

The vibe was both smoochy and funky with personal highlights being a cover of The Jones Girls’ ‘Nights Over Egypt’ and a sublime version of Beyonce's ‘Party’. ‘Money’ by Vula packed the funk, and receives an honourable mention.

Their backing band were also first class. Guitar, keys, drums and bass worked together flawlessly along with trumpet and trombone.

Friendly and personable, the singers managed to coax an initially shy audience into dancing in time for a medley of covers from Basement Jaxx's ‘Red Alert’ to Sam Sparro's ‘Black and Gold’.

I can't praise these three vocalists enough. How much more soulful does it get?

Anna Tuck