In a country like the Philippines where singing is considered as second nature to its citizens, most often than not you need to bring something extraordinary to the table to standout. And sometimes, because there’s an abundance of talent everywhere, a good performance may seem mediocre to many. But on "Soul Supremacy" last April 23, KZ Tandingan delivered something more than just a show. She reminded everyone watching that music is art which should be experienced in its purest and breathtaking form.
The moment she entered the stage – with lights and smoke giving a helping hand for a grand entry – donning a blonde dreadlocks hairstyle, you knew that a special night was upon us. Opening the digital concert with a rendition of Gloc-9’s “Sumayaw Ka,” the Soul Supreme immediately drew a roaring cheer and applause from the live audience as she belted out the rapid lines. The energy in the opening number was sky high, you thought it would be difficult for KZ to sustain it. But like what she has done in her X-Factor days, in Himig Handog, and in the Divas concert, she exceeded expectations. There was no letting down on the part of KZ.
In her covers of “Royals,” “Roses,” and “Tadhana” – three songs of distinct genres – KZ gave them treatment and flavor you didn’t think would be possible. That’s why the moment the sound hit your ears, there was an indescribable feeling of amazement entering you as your mind tells you that you know the songs, but what you’re hearing is different. It’s the exact same feeling that you get when you taste a brilliantly reinvented dish that you’ve eaten in a familiar way for a very long time. You’re bewildered by greatness, and that was something that KZ gloriously achieved from the get go.
But perhaps what sets “Soul Supremacy” apart from other performances you’ve seen is that the audience went through the whole human experience in this one which is something you probably never thought a concert can do. Her breaking-the-fourth-wall banter with the audience and the camera man made us laugh. Her singing, dancing, and rapping (more of that later) made us cheer our hearts out. Her heart-wrenching and inspiring collaboration with Kyla De Jesus of the song “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak” made us cry. And of course, her being KZ made us feel and believe that Filipino artistry through music has always been of the highest standards.
Watch KZ and Kyla perform "Wag Ka Nang Umiyak" in the video below.
Let’s also not forget her collaborations with the guest artists that she had on the show. If you ask Filipino music artists around who they want to work with someday, KZ is the usual name to be dropped, and last night, some of them had the privilege of making that dream a reality. From British rapper Req, to fan and friend Kyla, to one of the hottest new recording stars Inigo Pascual, to spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo, to hip hop artist Abra, and to local rap great and icon Gloc-9, you can’t get a more diverse lineup of guests than that. For KZ’s talents to complement each one of them is indeed praiseworthy, and something that only she’s capable of doing.
Most of the time, we express our admiration for singers with a wide vocal range, but the extraordinary thing about KZ is that she took the idea of “wide range” to a whole new level by translating it to her holistic music artistry. That’s why even though she shifted from one song to another of a different genre, like transitioning from “Nag-iisa Na Naman” to the rock song “Laklak” for example, it didn’t feel forced and each song seemingly had a life of its own. And when she called out Abra and Gloc-9 for an epic collaborative rendition of “Bagsakan,” KZ more than just held her own. Even Gloc-9 himself acknowledged this after the show saying that KZ’s rapping skills are better than many rappers, and this has to be made known to everyone according to him. That’s why when KZ said that people should watch out for her next album, her performance last night serves as a guarantee that it will be nothing short of brilliant.
Prior to last night’s digital concert on One Music PH, KZ said that she always welcomes challenges, and that surprises were in store for the audience of the show. She was true to her word.
“Soul Supremacy” is not only the type of concert that you talk to your friends and officemates about the following day. It’s the kind that you celebrate. KZ’s performance last night was something that only she can pull off, and truly deserving of a KZ sTandingan ovation!
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It may seem that Karlos is out of place in One Music PH because he’s someone who can’t live without sports. Until of course, he realized that he is equally passionate with music as well. He may not admit it just yet, but Karlos loves Davie Bowie very much. Oh, and he runs a barbershop too.