“They said, 'just do one song,' and I was like, 'uh-uh. I ain't just doing one song.'” Ashanti oozes sass and showmanship in a black dress, Aviators and a white pilot cap, chewing gum as she talks to us.
It's past 2am in The Milton Club on Manchester's Deansgate and we've been waiting for the R'n'B singer to come out for over 2 hours, not that we mind as the music and atmosphere are great anyway, and the club's heaving with people. DJ Vinnie B has kept with the retro theme spinning old-school garage tracks during the build-up. But Ashanti- whose self-titled triple-platinum album came out 15 years ago, she reminds us- tops the night off singing her hits Foolish, Happy and What's Love.
Ashanti is a genuine entertainer, not to mention stunning and a great live singer. Her performance was short, but dynamic. I'm glad I caught it.
I went with Manchester Cool Bars, and it was another great meetup with this gang. There's another big name singer coming to the club in April- we might be going, so keep your eye on the site.
Milton Club's Truth album is here.