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Recap: Seinabo Sey Impresses at First US Tour Stop

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“Philly, this is the sweetest thing I’ve ever known,” said Swedish singer/songwriter Seinabo Sey to an intimate and enthusiastic crowd Tuesday night at Underground Arts on Callowhill St.

Draped elegantly in all red, Sey began her set with “Pistols at Dawn” from her 2014 EP, For Madeliene, backed by a 3 piece band with drums, keys and bass guitar. After the second song of the night, Sey humbly introduced herself as “one of the only black girls from a small town around Stockholm,” and thanked the crowd for making her “dream come true.”



Sey paid homage to Philadelphia and an artist she admittedly emulates, in Jill Scott — though it’s apparent Sey’s doing very well in her own right and stylistic approach. While the night progressed, her talent became more and more obvious as the crowd listened in awe of her gifted vocals. Like when they heard a new, unnamed song sung a capella… Or when she dedicated a sincerely soulful song to her biggest inspiration (both musical and personal), her father the late Maudo Sey, who was a famous West African musician.

This marked the beginning of the ascending singer’s For Madeleine tour, which will hit New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles among several other upcoming stops. During her 50 minute set, Sey performed hits from her two EP’s, including “Hard Time” and her final song — and most well known hit, “Younger.”

Lucky were those who saw her in such an intimate setting Tuesday night. There’s no doubt, as the features and shows continue to pile up, that Seinabo Sey is destined for many grander stages. Seeing her live will provide many reasons to believe her voice and talent will rise to entertain on that platform as well.



Guest Contribution – Ryan Quint // Photos – Aran Hart 



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Grab your tix: Seinabo Sey coming to Philly 5/26

Swedish born singer/songwriter Seinabo Sey will be kicking off the U.S. leg of her For Madeleine tour in Philadelphia on Tuesday May 26th at Underground Arts [tickets here]. This marks Sey’s 2nd headlining tour in the U.S. Sey will be performing songs from her EP, For Madeleine, which was produced entirely by Magus Lidehäll. The debut EP features “Pistols at Dawn,” “Hard Time” and “Younger.”



You’ve probably heard the remix of “Younger” by Norwegian DJ Kygo. Since then, she has also released a second EP, For Maudo, this past March.



Sey’s recent accolades include Best New Artist at the 2015 GRAMMIS, the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards, as well as being named one of “VEVO DSCVR’s One’s to Watch 2015” and “Rolling Stone’s Artists You Need to Know.”



The Supporting Act for the tour, is newly signed R&B group, James Davis. They released their self-titled debut via Hardcover/Motown Records last month to critical acclaim. The familial trio, fraternal twins Jess and Rey and younger brother AusTon hail from Inglewood, CA, and count artists as varied as Curtis Mayfield, Kings of Leon and Nirvana as influences.


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Called an “exhilarating, almost unclassifiable group” by Alan Light in Elle, the band “displays, like the music of sibling bands from the Beach Boys to the Jackson 5 to Haim, an unconscious and biological sense of timing and harmony that can come only from growing up in the same household and speaking with the same patterns and rhythms.” With additional praise from The Fader, Rolling Stone and Noisey, it is clear that this trio is a must-see opening act.


Seinabo Sey – “For Madeleine” U.S. Spring Tour

5/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/27 – New York, NY @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
5/29 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
5/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/31 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
6/2 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/5 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
6/6 – Seattle, WA @ SODO Lounge
6/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
6/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre