Who’s Beyoncé Again? JoJo Amazes London Crowd With Her Vocal Abilities

By: Seneo Mwamba

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The American pop star who was once on our radars with her early 2000’s hits Leave (Get Out) and Too Little Too Late made her come back last year with the release of her third studio album, Mad Love, thus embarking on the Mad Love Tour. On January 17th I had the pleasure of kicking off my gigs of the year with the one and only JoJo.

I, among others, gathered in the cold January night to KOKO London where she performed to a sold out crowd and – might I say – she did not disappoint. Having queued for roughly an hour, I was lucky enough to get a solid view from the first level standing.

After opening act Craig Stickland (who some people were saying looks like Jesus) warmed up the crowd with a couple of acoustic tracks including a cover of Drake’s One Dance using just his guitar and his killer voice, JoJo finally took the stage.
With a set list that, without a doubt, kept everybody singing and on their feet the whole night, JoJo did not disappoint. Her set list spun songs from her previous two albums, including her hits Leave (Get Out) and Baby It’s You from her first album, Too Little Too Late from the second and, of course, the latest singles FAB and Fuck Apologies from her newest project.

Joanna Noëlle Blagden “JoJo” Levesque certainly proved how in the world of modern pop music she is a classic performer with a voice of gold. I literally stated out loud multiple times: ‘Who is Beyoncé?!’, amazed and taken aback by her strong vocal abilities.

The fact that she was unable to come out with an album for the past 10 years, with her last album being released in 2006 due to her contract issues with her former record label of Blackground Records, JoJo was still able to release mixtapes and the odd single here and there. However, 2016 marked a huge change and rejuvenation of her career with her finally being freed from her contract and releasing a new album which showed that no matter how long her previous label tried to hold her back, there was no way of holding back such talent.

As a whole, the gig was one of the best I have been to. To see a performer that did not require any background dancers and just the company of a three-man-band deliver such strong vocals was incredible. She brought such a powerful stage presence with all her songs, from her classic anthems to her newer material that was a mix of pop with various different sounds to it, as well as the acoustic covers and ballads (who doesn’t love a good ballad?).

JoJo has made her fabulous comeback and it is proof that if you have talent to share, there is nobody that can hold you back from showing it to the world. So until the next time (and there will be a next time) I will busk in the glory of January 17th 2017 and the star that is JoJo.