Live: Flamingods / Maria Uzor

Norwich Arts Centre February 14, 2024

by Cameron Cookson

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air on this pleasantly warm evening, and support act Maria Uzor confidently sets the mood.

With expansive sounds and futuristic synths, she moves fluently, almost conducting the music with her dancing.

Like a conductor: Maria Uzor (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Like a conductor: Maria Uzor (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

There are heavy influences from retro rhythms and grooves, and her songs could easily be transported back to a 90s rave.

After a mix of old songs and some off her latest album, Soft Cults, she leaves to well-deserved acclaim.

Maria Uzor has all the moves (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Maria Uzor has all the moves (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

It’s Flamingods’ first day back on tour this year, and they begin their set with an instrumental track of haunting synths and ringing cymbals. The four-piece band bring disorientating excitement to the room as the dim lights begin to swirl amongst the crowd.

Bursting to life, they start with Olympia, and we once again find ourselves in the groove of the music.

Flamingods open with haunting synths (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Flamingods open with haunting synths (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

Influences from late-60s psychedelia, electronica and their individual cultural roots is what makes Flamingods one of a kind and their sound unmistakable.

Their outfits encapsulate their effortless style and are an obvious nod towards their musical influences.

Effortless style: Flamingods (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Effortless style: Flamingods (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

The set includes several tracks from Head Of Pomegranate, which was their fifth album, launhced last year. It’s a record that explores a variety of fresh and unique ways to portray culture and identity.

Songs including Tall Glass and Dirty Money bring heavily layered vocals and extraordinary instruments that captivate.

Between tracks, the band waltz across the stage and swap roles, each contributing to their distinctive sound.

Flamingods are one of a kind (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Flamingods are one of a kind (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

As the night heads towards a close, frontman Kamal Rasool has a moment with the audience.

He asks if anyone is on a date tonight. With only a few quiet cheers in response, it’s clear the place is in need of some love.

Extraordinary instruments that captivate (Picture: Cameron Cookson)
Extraordinary instruments that captivate (Picture: Cameron Cookson)

Rasool throws roses into the crowd, and his fellow band members join in.

But they don’t need to win our hearts. The music and the groovy atmosphere they’ve created have already done that.

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