The road to breakthrough has begun. Review of Aminata’s solo concert On the Wild Side / Day

The solo concert of the Latvian pop artist Aminata, postponed and repeatedly postponed due to the two-year pandemic On the wild sidewhich was originally intended Hansa platform, has finally taken place in the Andrejsala quarter on the evening of August 4. This year, she came second in the Eurovision national selection Supernova, she was very close to representing Latvia for the second time in this international, widely heard song contest. In a recent interview Saturday Aminata admitted that this upset her, because the selected song, which came on its own, and was not written for a specific purpose, was really good and presented to a wider audience.

Song I’m Letting You Go was also my favorite In a supernova, so I went with interest to see and listen to what Aminata will offer in her solo concert. She is, however, a unique case on our pop music scene – so far there has not been and still is not another one in which African and Russian blood flows, “aged in the cool sauce of Northern Europe”, as the personality was formed, growing and living among people of Latvian nationality, who are also her present cooperation partners – producers and musicians with whom Aminata creates songs and performs together. She speaks Latvian almost without an accent, and more and more of her songs are also in this language, which is of course great when performing for a local audience.

Compliment pirouettes

Currently, Aminata’s stage partners are four professional musicians – guitarist Kaspars Vizulis, pianist Toms Mikāls, drummer Rūdolfs Daniļevičs and bassist Kristaps Ārglis. The instrumentalists start the concert, prepare the stage for the diva to appear, and then she comes dressed in the sexiest outfit ever seen on her back, gives us a visual treat rarely seen in our latitudes and sings, as always, fantastically, showing off her outstanding vocal talents that have once been in the case, performing also with jazz programs. However, between songs, Aminata’s words are so full of thanks to all the gathered listeners, compliments are pouring out to the dancers and guest musicians (Boo, Shipsea), as if she should shyly feel indebted to everyone else, instead of the rest of us being excited that we have such Aminata.

Talented, able to work, intelligent, beautiful, but unfortunately, she still holds her ego, her self-confidence, which must be allowed to break out, even if someone might not like it. Maybe it happens because of empathy, feeling at the level of instincts and trying to calm the fear of competition from those around her, that she will immediately push others down and climb to the top with her natural qualities? It seems that this exaggerated shyness is caused by attempts to integrate into this environment, where the majority of people living are genetically less gifted than Aminat, both physically and musically. Let’s be honest: the roots of all the popular music that Europeans play and listen to today come from Africans living in different parts of the world – jazz, blues, reggae, the most common pop rhythms, also the rap that flourished in the last decades, without which the gradually dying white people can no longer live can’t imagine.

Others are just dreaming

Aminata is the heroine of this concert – looking at her and listening to her, it is clear to anyone who is the best here, but why such exaggerated timidity on her part? Has this attitude towards oneself – what am I, what am I – stuck from the Latvians? In the already mentioned On Saturdays in the interview, Aminata says that she recently started to correspond with her half-sister, who lives in Germany, and after leaving to visit Africa with their common father, she learned much better about her roots, abilities and advantages. Aminata needs a good producer who is also a psychologist, and he certainly doesn’t live in Latvia – maybe he is not known yet and is currently playing on the street somewhere in Africa?

Aminata has not yet had enough time to respond to her father’s invitations to go to his native Burkina Faso, because there is a lot of work. “I’m trying to run away from what I call myself. I can’t handle this life…” – these words come from the young Latvian singer Keitijas Bārbales, but they can be equally applied to Aminata, who still doesn’t sing about her true feelings, even though it’s been years ten older. This shyness to be different has also made Aminata change visually – for a long time, the singer has straightened her hair with artificial methods and only recently started to appear in public with her natural hair ornament, which many people in Northern Europe only dream about and even wear chemical perms. Let’s hope that these are only the first steps and that after some time Aminata will bloom in all its glory. She turns thirty this year, so there’s still time. What comes slowly comes well.

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