RnB singer Vivian Green’s husky voice captivated her fans in Nairobi on Saturday at the third edition of Capital’s Soul Lounge Unplugged event in Gigiri.
Despite drizzles, hundreds of fans turned up to see the 32-year-old, who commanded massive attention despite her petite structure.
Backed up by Justin Lyons on guitar – who also plays for Erykah Badu – and Neema Ntalel on back-up vocals, Vivian’s sultry singing made a few hearts stop for several seconds as an eager crowd sang along to her hit songs “Gotta Go, Gotta Leave” and “Emotional Rollercoaster”.
The near flawless event started with Fena Gitu’s stunning performance that included her latest single Phenomenal (wo)man. Her singing was a testimony to the wealth of talent in the country, finished effectively with a barefoot Neema Ntalel belting out “Let’s Talk About Love” and revving the eager crowd for Vivian.
In very un-Kenyan spirit, guests began to arrive only 30 minutes after the stipulated, and for many it was their first time at the KFeet Centre grounds in Gigiri, where the concert was held.
An excited Vivian told Capital Lifestyle that she was touched by the energy and love evident in the massive tent that housed the thrilling concert.
“I didn’t wanna stop. You guys are so lovely,” she said just before leaving the grounds still energetic after a near-two hour performance.
Justin, 26, with a Mohawk and goatee acquired instant female fans in the audience, who screamed as he deftly plucked at his guitar mixing some rock influence into the neo-soul tunes.
Speaking to Capital Lifestyle in an earlier interview, a shy but confident Vivian described her entry into the limelight as a surprise.
“A song I wrote for Boyz II Men made it to the album out of about 30 songs, and I was like what?!” She went on to say that she was elated to get a fat paycheck out of it, more so because she was only 16 at the time.
She sings about love and has a superb ear for music, using the piano during her creative process.
“I play for several other artists, but to me Vivian is special,” says Justin about the down-to-earth singer, who watches football (American) every weekend while chilling with her son at home. The loves of her life include: Her son, God and family. Music comes in at number 4.
Vivian’s appearance at The Lounge Unplugged comes after previous shows by Hill St Soul and Anthony David.
The event was sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, Hotel Intercontinental Nairobi, Baileys, Coca Cola and your best mix of music 98.4 Capital FM.
PICTORIAL: Vivian Green in concert!