The Glass House in Pomona on Monday night was filled with fans waiting to hear Masego blend genres like hip hop, house and jazz, for a modern soul sound with the help of his infamous saxophone, the instrument that makes his music stand out.
Masego is a Jamaican-American musician, and very known for his use of the saxophone in his music. Since Masego’s arrival in 2016, he has helped bring attention to jazz music while adding his own touch.
Masego’s music varies, a mix of upbeat house music, jazz music, R&B and a bit of reggae all at the same time.
Just before the start of the show, a stage hand placed Masego’s sax on stage. The crowd roared.
Masego hit the stage at 9 p.m and kicked off the concert with fan favorite “Navajo.”
“Navajo” itself caught the public’s attention recently as Drake sampled it for his newest album “CLB.”
“Navajo,” with its smooth but upbeat melody, instantly had the crowd cheering.
Masego was joined on stage by a drummer, and a bass and piano player.
The crowd sang along and danced to each of his songs during his set.
During one of his songs, Masego conversed with the crowd.
The intimate but still large venue added to the overall experience of the concert, providing a personal and relaxed feel.
Masego played songs from one of his first EP’s, “Pink Polo,” for his longtime fans as it is such a fan favorite.
“Girls That Dance” had the crowd cheering loudly, and screaming at the top of their lungs.
“Hearing him play songs from the ‘Pink Polo’ EP was insane,” said audience member Alexis Uribe of Yucaipa. “That EP was how I discovered Masego and have been a fan ever since. This was my first time seeing him perform and he’s just as good in person.”
His music makes you want to dance yet relax at the same time, depending on a person’s mood they could do either. There’s constant hits of piano, saxophone and drums in his songs.
The real crowd favorite was one of his biggest hits, “Tadow.” By the first beat of the song the crowd was cheering and singing instantly.
Masego also played some of his own more personal favorite songs that were not as popular as some of the rest.
“I really like this crowd,” Masego said as he proceeded to throw out money into the crowd.
“I never really knew who Masego was until I got invited to come. It was my first concert ever but I really loved Masego’s performance,” audience member and ULV junior accounting major Kenneth Lorenzana said. “I was amazed at how good of a musician he was. Seeing him play his saxophone was amazing.”
Audience member Stephanie Macias of Rialto, enjoyed the concert and the overall vibe.
“You never know how the crowd can behave but this crowd was nothing but vibes,” Macias said.
The use of the instruments really tied together the vibe and genre of Masego’s music.
Crowd favorite moments were when Masego started playing his instruments himself or when he gave his musicians their solo moments – as audience member Breanna Aguilar of Highland agreed.
“The drummer’s solo was my favorite moment. He was going off on the drums,” Aguilar said.
The night ended with the audience cheering and screaming the songs till the last minute, leaving everyone in a fantastic mood.
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