Shaffer Chimere Smith, also known as Ne-Yo, a three-time Grammy winner, took his Malaysian audience on a trip through 90s R&B on a night of soul-filled emotions and energizing dancing.
Ne-Live Yo’s in Concert last Saturday at the Plenary Hall, KLCC, sent the 2,900 spectators into a frenzy with 80 minutes of music from his most recent album, Self Explanatory, as well as nearly all of his chart-topping singles.
Despite the fact that it was a sitting event, the audience was on its feet when Ne-Yo opened with Miss Independent, one of his biggest singles. This was followed by fan favorites She Knows, Because of You, One In A Million, and many more.
It was also noticeable how masterfully he displayed his soulful vocal range when performing songs like Do You, Mad, and You Should Let Me Love You during the acoustic portion. He showed another side to himself as a gifted musician and composer by singing songs from his musical creations for other well-known vocalists.
With his trademark tilted fedora, slick stage movements, and crisp blue suit, Ne-Yo delivered a performance that was clearly influenced by Michael Jackson.
His house band played some mediocre compositions, but his superb quartet of ladies dancers did most of the flexing.
By addressing his followers as “to all the sexy ladies in the house,” he kept the crowd engaged.
After the concert, fans began leaving comments on the social media pages of the event organizers Hitman Solutions and Happymoon requesting for more Ne-Yo concerts to be conducted. This suggests that the Sexy Love hitmaker has a particularly special place in the hearts of KL fans.
Fans also suggested that the organizers take into account booking other R&B musicians, such as Usher, given the clear demand for 90s R&B music in KL.
At the same location the following month, the British boyband Blue will perform.
Rohit Rampal, the founder, and CEO of Hitman Solutions,
“Ne-Yo exceeded all expectations by giving a fantastic and mind-blowing performance. Although the Plenary Hall was a seated venue, it was no obstacle for Ne-Yo’s fans to dance along with his upbeat numbers.”
Founder and CEO of Happymoon Kesavan Purusotman or better known as KC shared:
“We chose Ne-Yo because of his large fanbase in Malaysia, many of his R&B numbers with the element of hip-hop which he is famously known for still resonate until now.”