O-Slice Delivers Unparalleled Performance at Annual Inner Circle 7

O-Slice Inner Circ

By Ahriel Nari
Photos by Jada Imani M
October 20, 2022

O-Slice in front of a sea of fans (Photo by Jada Imani M)

O-Slice’s annual Inner Circle is an event you do not want to miss! Every year you can depend on her to deliver a high energy, premium performance and Inner Circle 7 did not disappoint!  The evening started off with DJ Sero providing the perfect soundtrack to set the tone for the night. As people poured into the door, our lovable and charismatic hosts Tamara B & Hasani made it clear we’re having fun tonight.

Tamara B
Host Tamara B (Photo by Jada Imani M)

After a cream of the crop open mic session, the multitalented Samwyse took the stage. He mesmerized the audience with hypnotic renditions of fan favorites including his latest single “Time”. Up next was the radiant Jimani Luv. After O-Slice personally gave glowing reviews, Luv graced us with her angelic R&B sound as she teased unreleased songs.

Jimani Luv
Jimani Luv (Photo by Jada Imani M)
O-Slice Fan

And then it was time.

The number 7 is a highly spiritual number that represents a person’s inner wisdom and fullness in life. It also symbolizes the bridge between the human world and angels.  So, it was only fitting that O-Slice and her band wore white.

O-Slice making her grand entrance
(Photo by Jada Imani M)

Since the last Inner Circle, O-Slice has released her album Goodmorning, Goodnight. The crowd was screamsinging hits word for word along with her including “2TheMoon”, “One&Only” and “Moonchild”. The night wouldn’t have been complete without the unofficial Inner Circle Anthem “10toes”. If you missed the epic night, you can relive it below:

R&B Powerhouses Cheakaity & Al Hostile Join Forces to Give Us The Grown Experience

The Grown Experience Cheakaity & Al Hostile
By Ahriel Nari
Photo Courtesy of Jada Imani M

A lot of new music came out during the pandemic. Two albums that stood out to me, though, were Grown Man by Cheakaity and Home Grown by Al Hostile. So, I was super hype when I found out they were putting on a show together called The Grown Experience!

The evening started with R&B crooner Al Hostile taking the stage. With the highly revered duo FootsXColes as his band, Al brought Home Grown to life by performing songs from the album including “C’mon” and “Can’t Sleep”. He brought out DMV legend Matt McGhee for an electrifying rendition of “Bleek”. Finally, he ended his set with a seamless mix of “Lady” by D’Angelo into “Sumn Real”, a fan favorite from his album.

Al Hostile
Photo Courtesy of Jada Imani M

Al left the audience perfectly warmed up for Cheakaity. Rocking pearls and a suit, Cheakaity stepped on stage and proclaimed, “This is my stage. This is my show and imma show y’all what it is tonight”! The most impressive part of his set was his showmanship. Cheakaity’s energy is magnetic and draws you in immediately. Furthermore, he had the crowd participation on lock with the call and response. The icing on the cake was Cheakaity’s use of a live band, who could effortlessly go from a soulful groove for songs like “Want You” to a gospel-like jam session for a song like “Preacher’s Daughter” to straight rocking out. 

Photo Courtesy of Jada Imani M

People try to say R&B is dead. The Grown Experience proved that that sentiment is simply untrue. View photos from the spectacular evening in the gallery below:

Photos Courtesy of Jada Imani M