Class act

Leona Lewis was the star at­trac­tion at the AreYouVolk­swa­genE­nough? street launch.

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BRI­TISH R&B singer Leona Lewis sold out her Labyrinth Tour con­cert at the O2 Arena in London ear­lier this sum­mer. But as far as the swel­ter­ing heat is concerned, Lewis must have felt an “ex­tended sum­mer” dur­ing her re­cent show­case at the Are You Volk­swa­gen Enough? street launch at Changkat Bukit Bin­tang in Kuala Lumpur last Satur­day.

Her pub­lic ap­pear­ance was one of the city’s best kept se­crets to co­in­cide with the Ger­man car man­u­fac­turer’s launch of three new mod­els.

The art of keep­ing a se­cret has never been one of the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment scene’s strong points. As ex­pected, a steady stream of mu­sic fans started throng­ing Changkat Bukit Bin­tang from 7pm to get the best spots to view the 25-year-old singer’s free per­for­mance.

A se­ries of home­grown open­ing acts kept the or­derly crowd oc­cu­pied, no­tably some lively sets by Arabyrd, Bit­ter­sweet and Liyana Fizi while Aus­tralia pop punk out­fit The Veron­i­cas rolled out a per­for­mance that was full of fizz but hardly Volk­swa­gen Enough to tweet about.

By 10pm, the whole place was buzzing with an­tic­i­pa­tion. It was time for Lewis to go on stage and nearly 2,500 fans were ready to be swept up by her amaz­ing vo­cals and charm. Talk about a spe­cial treat – a for­mer X Fac­tor re­al­ity show win­ner in a free show­case here.

Lewis obliged the masses with a 12-song set, with cherry-picked se­lec­tions lifted from her up­com­ing Labyrinth Tour DVD setlist.

Un­like London, there was no py­rotech­nics, fancy light­ing or the kitchen sink. The big dif­fer­ence was, this was Lewis, dressed in a black dress with a train, on a nar­row open-air stage in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The hu­mid­ity was rather op­pres­sive but credit to the young woman for pulling through with an en­thu­si­as­tic, spir­ited per­for­mance.

This was no diva ac­tion, this was Lewis play­ing the pro and putting on her best form. She clicked her heels with the groovy num­bers ( Bleed­ing Love, Sweet Dreams), nailed a few in­ti­mate mo­ments on a bar stool ( Cry Me A River, Naked, Happy) and had her in­die hat on with a rous­ing cover of Snow Pa­trol’s Run. It was mis­sion ac­com- plished for the Leona Lewis hour, a show that def­i­nitely saw the singer sing­ing hard for her sup­per.

It all ended with smiles and fire- works as Changkat Bukit Bin­tang con­tin­ued the street party un­til the wee hours of the morn­ing. – DarylGoh

Singer Leona Lewis savour­ing the moment at the AreYouVolk­swa­gen Enough? street launch on Changkat Bukit Bin­tang in Kuala Lumpur last Satur­day.

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