Written by Chantel Martin
SAFIA, with their Electro-indie sound have toured consistently since winning 2013 Groovin The Moo. I have been a pretty big fan of SAFIA now for a couple of years, missed other opportunities to see them perform live, so needless to say I was pretty excited when I found out they were playing on the Utopia Stage at the RCC for Adelaide Fringe 2020. Standing there fourth row from the front waiting for nearly an hour for the SAFIA trio to come to stage I was thinking to myself, will this be worth the wait?
The visual intro and sounds straight away captivated me, with the suspense building and then lights so bright I felt as if it was about to be abducted and taken from this world. It didn’t end there when Ben Woolner, lead vocalist for the trio came on stage wowed me with his vocal range and soulful sound. There were times where the vocals were a little hard to hear but were quickly rectified by their sound crew. The set itself took you on a sound journey of self-discovery through space and time.
The lead guitarist Harry Sayers, and drummer Michael Bell rocked out with beats and solos that only added to the experience. Their music as a whole showed that they were all connected not just musically but through solid friendship. The trio were all interactive with the crowd through the set. They changed up the vibe and came in close and personal then switching it back seamlessly. The crowd responded with singing and ecstatic dance. Finishing on a high note SAFIA, totally worth the wait and I look forward to seeing them grow and evolve through their musical careers.