Brooke Fraser Delivers 'Albertine' at El Mocambo

Brooke Fraser
El Mocambo
July 2, 2008
New Zealand singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser delighted a steamy, packed house at El Mocambo this past Wednesday with her kiwi charm and enchanting vocals. Fraser is new to the North American scene as a solo artist, but that didn’t stop a bevy of fans from singing along to songs from her debut CD What To Do With Daylight and her latest release Albertine. Fraser wore a black and white kitten t-shirt and referenced the shirt when she talked about one of her passions; child sponsorship. One of her previous World Vision sponsor children was wearing a t-shirt with a kitten on it when she first saw him and she thought she’d do the same this evening. She went on to say that the boy’s community is now self-sufficient and able to sustain themselves after World Vision helped build their resources and assist with the community. Fraser brought World Vision to her show and people were able to sign up and sponsor children; a first I’d seen from an artist performing at El Mocambo.

She had a drummer from Detroit and a violin player from Ireland with her and they made Fraser's breathy vocals stir the soul even more. “Arithmatic” from What To Do With Daylight was a crowd favourite as was the final song of the evening “Shadowfeet” from Albertine. The crowds were captive listeners and guys and girls alike were all singing along as Fraser infused passion and emphasis on the title track “Albertine” after telling us about the inspiration for the song, which was based on her trip to Rwanda and promise to tell the story of their people. More surprises were a brilliant composition of Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence” and with opener William Fitzsimmons at the end some James Taylor with Fraser adding harmony was a treat for the audience.

Albertine has recently been picked up as “Editor’s Music Choice” on iTunes USA and with Fraser’s serene vocals, passion for helping others, and poignant lyrics it’s clear to see she is destined for further success in North America and beyond.

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Writer: Lindsay Whitfield

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