In a city where horn players are ubiquitous, Masego was able to keep a sold-out crowd in the Parish Room of the New Orleans House of Blues in complete rapture last night (November 2). The sax player, singer and sometimes-rapper is the self-proclaimed creator of “TrapHouseJazz,” a sound embodied by songs like his French Kiwi Juice collaboration, “Tadow.”
Sego released his debut album, Lady Lady, in September of this year but day-one fans have been following him since his 2016 effort, Pink Polo EP (an effort released in partnership with Medasin). That EP features “Girls That Dance,” a song which got an extended rendition during his performance. Cloaked in pink and purple hues from stage lighting, Masego serenaded an adoring crowd of beautiful young people with his signature sax work and seductive vocals.
He also performed my personal favorite, “Navajo,” a loosie released in 2017. For Lady Lady fans, Masego delivered not only “Tadow” but also the album’s title track and his SiR collab, “Old Age.”
I personally would have loved to see Masego, flanked by a remarkable band and back-up singers, do more off 2016’s Loose Thoughts. Songs like “YOU GON’ LEARN SOME JAZZ TODAY” and “I Do Everything” are tailor-made for a New Orleans audience (though, in his complete defense, his set list was robust and fully satisfying as it stood).
Masego’s current international tour is underway. Click here for a full list of remaining dates.