“Are you working on the 16th?” Naomeey asked me. I checked my schedule and saw I was off. “That’s alright then,” she said. “It’s my birthday and I am thinking of a little something.”
“Ping me the details.” I told her.
Days later I got a message saying she planned to have a few friends out for drinks at Swé bar. I turned up my nose at the thought only because I rarely went out, while I am not anti-social, I am not that big a social animal; and I avoided the Island if I could. Then I receive a message saying she heard Bez would be there.
That was all it took to change my mind. One second I was thinking up my excuse and apology, the next I wanted to know at what time we were meeting.
I first linked his songs to him when Jigga, my brother, brought home a Hennesey Artistry CD. One listen and I never let it play past the fourth song, and that only because songs 3 and 4 were by Mo’ Cheddah. The real prize for me were songs 1 and 2. Bez’s “Stop pretending” and “Zuciya daya”.
Coincidentally, 1Music chose the period to play his only video on frequent rotation. “More you” cemented his place in my heart, and when I got “Super sun” off 360nobs, it was basically icing.
I have been called a lot of things in my life, but famzer has never been one of them. However, I quickly followed @bezidakula on twitter and promptly mentioned the Hennesey Artistry CD, he sent me a DM asking after some person I do not remember. Long story short, when I did not get a follow back, I promptly unfollowed him. But there was no denying his talent and how inspiring his songs were.
Then came “Super sun remix” featuring Eldee, Ice Prince and Eva, and I knew I had to be at his album launch which I read was coming up on the 24th of July. Not caring that he might still be sleeping, I sent Noble a message asking for a ticket to that event if he could get one.
All of a sudden it became an obsession for me, so when Naomeey said Bez would be at Swé, I said “but of course”.
When we walked into Swé, Naommey and I, the band was basically warming up. Not sure how things worked in this world I had thrust myself into, I went and asked the guys at the door if Bez’s performance was a ticketted event. They did not seem to know, so we made to enter the venue only to be told by some girls there it was a private event. It did not matter to me, I could see him from where I stood, and hear him too. And that was more important. We were going through the drinks menu when who would walk out but Bez himself.
He was attired in a black t-shirt, a twisted scarf around his neck. He had on his horn-rimmed nerd glasses, a hat and I was sure he would have on a pair of converse sneakers even though I did not look.
We waved to him and he acknowledged it. He did more than that, he actually walked over to where we sat. I slid down from my bar stool and introduced myself, then Naomeey. We told him how it was her birthday and he asked why we were out in the foyer. “We were told it’s a private event.” We said in unison.
“Who told you that?” He asked as though mildly amused.
He invited us in “if you can find somewhere to seat.” Me, I would gladly stand sef.
He performed songs I was not familiar with, but that went to confirm what I already knew. He is Super Bez.
Then he said a few words about this being a ‘listening’ and that the main event would be on the 24th. Then he said how he wrote a song for Ijé the movie, but it never made it onto the soundtrack. “Better place” gave me goosebumps!
With his five- or six-man band, he had me whistling like a coyote. From the strumming of his guitar, when he played the keyboard, when one of the band members did a number on the violin, and another showed off on drums to wrap things up. I was grinning like an idiot, clapping and whistling. Dude is good!
I was all over twitter going on about Bez and got called a famzer for my efforts.
I left Swé walking on clouds because, though I did not get to take a picture with him, I got to tell him how big a fan I am.
I am riding home in another friend’s car writing this and listening to @bezidakula singing “Stop pretending”, “Zuciya daya”, “Super sun” and “Super sun remix”, and July the 24th cannot come soon enough.