Institutionalised

Or something. A poorly-thought out and (possibly – not babelfished it yet) frankly low-quality pun on the band Instituto, who were probably the best act at last night’s Troco Brahma closing event at Koko.

Notwithstanding UK rapper Sway‘s oops-that-fell-flat attempts to gee up the crowd during his solo segment which introduced Instituto, they were probably the most interesting, and crucially most together of the acts appearing on the Sunday show. Furthermore, the freestyle segment at the end (featuring Instituto, Sway, Dynamite MC and Soweto Kinch) was pretty good after a slightly suspicious start.

The Drumagick/DynamiteMC/Soweto Kinch/Bembe Segue/Mark de Clive Lowe “jam” at the start of the evening, on the other hand, wasn’t so together. Clearly there was a huge pile of talent on the stage, but it didn’t seem to be working together so well – plus, unless I was missing something, there were a pile of problems with the effects unit/amplification of Soweto Kinch’s sax, which made some wholly unpleasant noises at times.

I think it’s definitely worth checking out the individual artists (I will be) but as a live collaboration they didn’t really seem to gel so well, which was a shame.

A good evening, though, if potentially expensive (new artists = new CDs). Maybe Sway’s “don’t steal my album, buy it” rap worked!