Ingesting the beauty of the present moment, Jhene performed to the best crowd on the tour as she delivered a trip to remember.
Monday night’s sold out show at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire concluded the London leg of Jhene Aiko’s Trip tour, as she brought life to her most recent album and short film, with an impressive all female line-up featuring Avonlea and IAMDDB. Having not performed in the city for a while, Jhene laid down some of her older material from her debut mixtape Sailing Souls, which went down a treat alongside hit collaborations From Time and Post To Be. It was clear that nobody wanted the show to end, but as the 11pm curfew drew nearer, she saluted the London crowd for being the best on the tour as she truly treasured the connection.
Proving to be much more than what meets the eye, her stage presence was a direct representation of her music which almost created a sense of serenity amidst all of the excitement. Having introduced us to her alter-ego Penny, the Los Angeles singer used her spotlight to uncover her innermost feelings; allowing us to walk through some of her most difficult, yet extremely relatable stages of life inclusive of falling in love, self discovery, and the loss of a loved one.
Despite being a Def-Jam signed artist and Grammy award nominee, Jhene continues to produce heartfelt music and remains the humble yet powerful soul that has attracted listeners globally over the years. Aside from being genuinely overwhelmed at the majority of the crowd reciting her lyrics, the 29 year old singer described the show as a therapy session, as she digested everything from the ad-libs to the brief moments of silence in between the production. Showing her true nature as a Pisces, she emphasised the importance of the connection that she felt, and showed great gratitude to the crowd for being present.
As expected, Jhene’s honesty and acceptance of self shined through in all aspects of her performance which even saw her sway on stage with a cup of tea in hand at one point. Giving the attendees more than just a musical performance, she uttered;
Breathing in we are calm,
Breathing out we smile,
Dwelling in the present moment, it’s the only thing that’s real.
Throughout the night, Jhene continued to share some food for thought to remind everyone of the importance of enjoying the present moment and making the most of life. Never shying away from her use of psychedelics, the combination of the Trip visuals, with the display of fresh plants on the stage, and her extremely colourful outfits made for great viewing and definitely added to her overall performance.
As we metaphorically travelled between a therapy session and a sold-out music concert with Jhene Aiko, I can assure you that even the absence of psychedelic drugs had no effect on the greatness of this trip.