Manitoba Music’s New Music Night

By Samuel Stevens

I found myself at Manitoba Music’s New Music Night on December 6th, a cold Wednesday night, at The Good Will Social Club, which is located at 625 Portage Avenue. Manitoba Music’s New Music Night occurs on the first Wednesday night of every month showcasing up-and-coming musicians of any genre from all around Manitoba. This month’s New Music Night featured the local talents of PeshxHavs, Ndu, and Malcolm-Jay.

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PeshxHavs. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

Starting New Music Night off was the duo of PeshxHavs, a collaboration between local musicians Nicole Havs and Peshanakwut. The duo this year broke on to the scene opening for the likes of SonReal, Snak the Ripper, Bliss N Eso, and among others through the course of the year. The group performed for the first time with a drummer on this night. Their set seemed well received by the room and I especially. I’ve seen the two of them perform before and I’m glad I can say I’m a fan of these two. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what 2018 will bring them.

As well this year, PeshxHavs released their mixtape, “The Leviathan” in March, which is available for streaming and download on DatPiff and their debut album “Not an EP”, released in August. “Not an EP” consists of 16 tracks, most of which are also produced by Peshanakwut and features the duo’s single, “Dangerous” feat. White Rhino. “Not an EP” can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and anywhere else you get your music from.

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Ndu. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

Following PeshxHavs was local Hip-Hop artist Ndu. It’s safe to say Ndu has made a name for himself over the last several years on the scene with a few album and mixtape releases under his belt. Ndu has opened for many notable acts such as Sean Paul, T-Pain, Nas, and Boyz II Men just to name a few.

Ndu had a very strong and energetic stage presence throughout his set. I can’t fully speak for the whole crowd, but they sure seemed to be into his performance, including myself. Ndu has a particularly fresh sound mixing an assortment of different genres. Notably on stage with him was a guitarist to stage left performing very melodically.

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Malcolm-Jay. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

To close New Music Night was the local Hip-Hop artist, Malcolm-Jay. For the night Malcolm-Jay was joined on stage by local R&B artist, Cisha (aka DJ Smoke). The nickname “DJ Smoke” was a running gag throughout the set for when Cisha, who on occasion would control the fog machine. Nearing the end of the set, Malcolm-Jay was joined by local beatboxer, MC Woke to perform their song, “Colours”. I was thoroughly surprised to have witnessed live beatboxing during Malcolm-Jay’s performance, something far off from what I was expecting to see at all. Malcolm-Jay made a fan out of me with his performance.

Malcolm-Jay has been prominent in the local Hip-Hop scene for a little while now. He has released an EP, “Missed Connections” in 2016 and just recently in September, he released his brand new album, “The Enemy Within”. “The Enemy Within” is centered around the problems still being faced in 2017 and as well as being conscious to other issues around us as a society. The album can be found on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.

Each performance by PeshxHavs, Ndu, and Malcolm-Jay flew by quite quickly because how invested I was into everyone’s set. Each performer is talented in their own right and I enjoyed my time at the show. I wish I didn’t have to leave so abruptly after the show to speak to each musician individually to let them know I enjoyed their music, performances, and hoped to see them all live again sometime soon. This was the first ever local Hip-Hop show I’ve ever experienced. Secondly, this was my first all locals show, embarrassingly since 2015. I enjoyed both the music and the atmosphere of the venue. It was my second time ever seeing a show at The Good Will Social Club and I hope to be back very soon. Maybe in fact, another New Music Night?

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