Fresh of the success of last year’s It’s Complicated: Hilarical Answers to Serious Questions on Love, VH1’s Amanda Seales (formerly Amanda “Diva”) returned to the stage as the eccentric Killandra Bea & The Shinobis in the Wu-Tang Clan inspired musical production, MO’ BETTA WU.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Shaolin crew’s seminal classic debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36th Chambers), the multifaceted Amanda (Host, DJ, Comedian) teamed up with pianist Kris Bowers (Heroes + Misfits, Jay Z & Kanye’s Watch the Throne) to re-interpret the Wu’s iconic discography through Jazz. What began as a concept, has transformed into an hour-long performance, which debuted at Le Poisson Rogue in Greenwich Village, April 9 & 10.
I attended the April 10th show, and as I made my way down to see Ms. Seales perform, the scene and stage reminded me of the movie “Mo Better Blues” the only thing missing was the cigarette smoke. I assumed Amanda was going to come out as herself but instead we were greeted by Ms. Killandra Bea, an aging jazz singer living in Shaolin (Staten Island NY). Ms. Bea was inspired to perform these Wu-Tang hits in jazz form after her son who was a big Wu-Tang fan died. So to remember the memory of her son she created Mo’Betta Wu.
The classic Wu-Tang songs like ODB’s Shimmy Shimmy Ya, Wu-Tang’s “Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nothing F*ck With” and more were re born through the vocal styling’s of Ms. Killandra Bea. The combination of the drinks, the food and the show made for an amazing night. I highly recommend everyone to catch this show, and to stay in touch with Amanda on twitter and IG.
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