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Over 12,000 charismatic smiles and adoring cheers swept across Discovery Green as the crowd welcomed a gently curled afro and silvery toned voice to the Super Bowl LIVE stage Thursday night. Solange performed on her home turf, and it was epic.
Singing hits from A Seat at the Table, her first number one album on the Billboard 200, made for a fiery return for the homegrown star. Beyonce’s little sister is no longer her moniker, simply refer to her as Solange.
Solange’s set included some crowd favorites like “Cranes in the Sky”, “Weary” and “F.U.B.U.”. She even pulled some shelved singles out of her repertoire from her second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, and introduced new fans to an old track like “T.O.N.Y.”
Fans roared as she slowly sang the lyrics to a popular Houston anthem “Knocking Pictures Off Da Wall” by Houston rapper, Yungstar, who suddenly appeared on stage rapping the lyrics to his hit song. The excitement heightened during his set as Solange performed Houston’s most beloved dance, the “Southside.”
Solange’s bond with Houston is firm because it is her birthplace, but unifying her immigrant supporters during a time of uncertainty, was her cry for love and not war.
As the show moved to a close she made sure the audience knew her thoughts on the recently signed Executive Order to ban immigrants into entering the United States. “I just wanna send some love to my people of color, my immigrants, my Mexican brothers and sisters, my Muslim brothers and sisters, and say that you belong and I love you and I stand in solidarity with you in this time.”
Solange’s Super Bowl LIVE Concert sets the city on fire