Menna has returned from the USA and has hardly had time to get over the jet lag. But, on the train to Baden-Baden where she’s going to record a jingle for the SWR3 radio station, the popular young singer still found time to talk to FROGBLOG.
Menna Mulugeta is being sponsored by ENERGETIX and created a generally laid-back mood at the get-together on the Catalogue Launch Sunday with songs that were full of feeling. She then travelled to the USA to tour there with her band, which comprises Julie Spencer (percussion) and Gernot Blume (harp). The three played gigs in Ann Arbor, Indianapolis, New York, Washington D.C. and Boston.
Menna reveals that it was her first tour of the USA and that the band organized and put the tour together themselves. Here, the trio was able to call on Menna’s family and Julie’s good contacts in the USA (Julie was born there). They mainly performed at jazz clubs, which already „came with their own audiences“ so to speak. Probably a good decision because Menna is not (yet) as famous in the USA as she is in Germany and is still building a fan base.
Menna, for everyone who hasn’t been able to enjoy one of your live shows: what kind of repertoire do you perform? Did you also showcase your own work in the US?
Our repertoire is based on my own songs from my CD, „FREE“. I also love soul, blues and even music from Ethiopia. My favourite singers are Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Teddy Afro. But I always try to be open to new music!
Asked whether anything special stood out on the tour, Menna thought for a minute and then said: „Boston!“. Because the last of the five shows in the USA was a gig at Wally’s Café (one of the oldest jazz clubs in the USA) and the atmosphere there wasn’t only great, everything else went smoothly there as well – which pleased us all.
The photos show that you wore ENERGETIX jewellery during the shows and a banner with your photo also associated you with ENERGETIX. Was there any reaction to ENERGETIX’s jewellery?
Yes, there was lots of positive feedback. The guests were usually very interested in the magnets.
To be continued…