D.C. native GoldLink refers to his music as “Future Bounce,” and for good reason. Over the weekend, he hosted a wild show at Central Park’s Summerstage in New York City.
His event brought together every race, color and creed in unison to the sound of his electric music. With the racial tension currently hogging America’s politics, televisions and everyday conversations, it was warming to see various everyone come together in name of music.
With DJ Spincoli holding down the turntables, Goldlink took the stage around around dinner time in black ripped jean, and a white shirt (with unrecognizable lettering) to loud rounds of applause. Goldlink, along with his live band (Basstracks), performed fan favorites “After You Left,” “Dark Skin Woman,” “Unique,” “Spectrum,” among others.
Halfway into his set, Link brought out rising Virginia musician, Masego. With the sun beaming down on the concertgoers, who were either sitting on their blankets or two-stepping with cups of beer or bottles of water, Masego rolled through happy sounding tracks “Girls That Dance,” and “Shut Up and Groove,” and more. With a gigantic smile on his face, agile stage presence and energy, the rising artist was just as free spirited as the many races and vast backgrounds in crowd.
Before closing out his set around 6:30 p.m., Goldlink gave a soulful and jazz-influenced performance of his brand new track, “Fall In Love.”
As the great Fela Kuti said: “Music is a weapon of the future/Music is the weapon of the progressives/Music is the weapon of the givers of life.” Goldlink brought Kuti’s words to life by easing the racial tension–if only for an hour–with his Central Park SummerStage performance.
Music is cure.