As promised, Kanye West brought his "Sunday service" to Coachella on Easter morning when dozens of musicians, singers and dancers performed a series of spiritual songs, covers and songs of the rapper himself – including a new one titled "Water". – for thousands of listeners from a hill at the festival site in Indio, California. While he briefly knocked on a few songs, West was usually the ringleader of the ministry since he was incarnated in California and Oregon since then. He officiated at the beginning of January.
In order to reach the area, the participants of Coachella walked a few steps from the parking lot of the festival to a closed area of the campsite. On the plateau of a circular hill covered with freshly laid grass, a complete band was set up complete with a harp. A waist-high fence encircled the hill with a sort of VIP area that extended beyond the stage and over another grassy hill. Throughout the field, guests were able to buy groceries and drinks, including orange juice, coffee and smoothies, as well as chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos and burritos. But much more interested in the "church clothing" aka merch for sale, including sweatshirts for $ 1
The service was opened with a somewhat sinister organ prelude when West and the dozens of choirs, dressed in purple-beige robes, headed for the hill. Gradually, they gathered in a circle while other singers and dancers wearing robes gathered on the hill behind the stage.
After about 15 minutes of foreplay, percussion came on and the band started playing jazz fusion music Stevie Wonder and Roy Ayers 'early' 70s albums. It was a big band with at least five percussionists, a big horn section, a harp player and a dozen chorus, all wearing headphone microphones.
After about 20 minutes, the musicians, with the exception of the music, listened to a single guitarist keeping the rhythm while West stepped on the stage next to the percussionists while the band members clenched their fists.
The music was resumed and switched between the entire band and the organ audition band Choral members invaded the hill and occasionally said, "He is risen!"
The livestream occasionally drew back to a shot of air showing the performance area with the cleared grass resembling an eye. (Many commentators on social media also pointed to the similarity of the set-up with the fictional world of the surreal children's television program "TeleTubbies" of the 1990s.)
After about 45 minutes, the vocals started seriously, with the choirmaster admonishing the singers Crowd: "Come on, do a little volume for this praise! Can we hear that name again? He is Jesus!
After a gospel vampire's phrase, "You are the only power! "The singer suddenly broke into the vocals of West's 2010 hit" Power ", which sounded the rhythm. This quickly turned into "Higher" and another, which seemed to be a conversion of Otis Redding. "Try a Little Tenderness" with a chorus of "Jesus does not leave us", then "As" by Stevie Wonder and a rousing take on Soul II Souls in 1990 struck "Back to Life", its chorus breathtaking with a gospel choir and a capella was sung.
The music gradually changed into Teyana Taylor, who called her western-produced "Never Would Made It" (which piece) turned into a version of West's "Fade", which even includes Motown artists. Rare Earth's cover of "Temptations" (I know I'm losing you).
The choirmaster continued to lead the choir through vamps with expressions such as "We absorb the light" and "We have everything we need." Dozens of other dancers were arranged around the hills surrounding the performance area, breaking out synchronized dance moves. 19659003] Through the performance, West beamed with his short-cropped hair, which was colored in several shades of purple, and played along. However, he did not play until the end as he sat down to a keyboard and some soulful vocal rehearsals chopped up beats while a choir member danced.
"Yeah, we all want something from this brighter day!" The conductor shouted as the choir broke in Kirk Franklin's eponymous song.
The group continues vamping with different phrases and excerpts from songs – we even think we heard someone saying "Poopity Scoop" for a short time, a reference to Wang's Jokey song "Lift Yourself" – finally West Microphone picked up and in his hoarse voice "All Fall s Down", with the choir on the choir.
Then he announced a new song called "Water", a restrained song with spiritually themed lyrics and a gentle rhythm that revolves around After a long vamping the set ended with a long shot of the West song "Jesus Walks" from 2004, West reached for the microphone and knocked hoarsely on the verses He ended his knees on the hill as cameras and applauding singers surrounded him.
Eventually he got up and smiled into the camera before the band took a long break Medley from Gospel a Soul Covers and the dancers descended from the hill.