Laura Mvula

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Laura Mvula’s got the goods. Her debut LP came out just a half-dozen months ago to great acclaim; it hit the top of the UK R&B charts but hasn’t yet caught on in a mainstream sense here in the States. Part of the reason could be that she’s sophisticated, smart, subtle, and her music doesn’t necessarily set dance floors afire. Her first three singles from the rich Sing to the Moon really pop with infectious energy: “She” is a little more pensive and hushed, but “That’s Alright” and “Green Garden” are, well, adorable—the latter bouncing with handclaps and sparkling with bells, almost like the ecstatic moment Feist had with “Sea Lion Woman.”

Mvula’s not in unwelcome company alongside the likes of the darling Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling, all UK exports that we’re grateful to have visit our shores, rock our stages and share their beauty and wit. Her voice is so clean, powerful and raw, sometimes it sounds like she’s holding it back, ‘cause if she wanted to, she could blow the speakers out or pop your eardrums with that full-throated wail. Well, that’s what she’s likely to do at World Café Live tonight: knock a bunch of people on their asses with that soulful set of pipes. And where better? It really is the perfect venue for her unique blend of folk, soul and R&B to shine as brightly as she does. / Bill Chenevert

8pm. Sold out. With King. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

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WHEN
Monday, September 09, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
8pm. Price: Unknown

WHERE
World Cafe Live , 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/09/2013. .

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