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Solange Knowles

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Solange Knowles

Prices from R$ 100 to R$ 200

Date Thu 21 Nov 2013

Open 11.30pm

Praça Carlos Gomes 82,

Telephone (11) 3231 3705

Metrô
1, Liberdade

Can you imagine growing up with Beyoncé as your big sister? Sibling rivalry is a thorny maze of insecurities even after your hormone-heady teen years are over, and as part of Destiny’s Child, big sis has been an international superstar since Solange was just 12 years old. That must’ve been a rough ride for a kid who, just like her sister, showed an interest in showbiz early on.

Still, Solange persevered, releasing two solo records of glossy, slightly saccharine, retro-leaning soul. She divided the rest of her time between acting and deejaying, becoming a fixture in fashion-show front rows in the process – not to mention undertaking that full-time job known as motherhood (she had her son at just 18).

So far, so mainstream. But in the past three years, Solange has made some surprising choices. The 27-year-old covered the Dirty Projectors, sang with Of Montreal and, most notably, started collaborating with Dev Hynes, who as a teenager gained notoriety in London punk-funk trio Test Icicles.

Now living in Brooklyn, New York, Hynes records as Blood Orange, specialising in a laid-back, spartan strain of R&B – like Prince on quaaludes. The fingerprints of his latter-day aesthetic can be found all over Solange’s new seven-song EP, True, where her nimble tones relax on a bed of twinkling guitars and languorous bass grooves. It’s clearly striking a chord: The lead track ‘Losing You’ has clocked up 8 million views on YouTube.com since October. With a full-length LP penciled in for next year, it looks like Solange is finally carving out a niche of her own, just left of centre. 

By Kim Taylor Bennett
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