Setting Sewanee’s musical bar high

Ahmad Ijaz
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Cover photo by Beylie Ivanhoé (C’24)

Sewaneroo is always a special day for the Sewanee music scene, filled with exquisite performances from student artists and guest artists. On Saturday, April 23, Sewanee was blessed with outstanding performances by its many student artists and two acclaimed artists, Waka Flocka Flame and Cherub. This was my second Sewaneroo and although the first one felt like attending a concert, this one was even more special. The hype around campus, the eagerness to see Waka Flocka Flame and Cherub on the mountain, and their electric performances made the night special.

The day began with student performances, ranging from rap and jazz music to dance. Jet Set started the day with a bang, followed by Olivier Mbabazi showing off his guitar skills with Bob Makazhu on drums. Pete Haight sang his standout covers and at 5:15 p.m. was followed by Lily Oakley. Famous Sewanee band Breakfield took the stage soon after and entertained the crowd with their outstanding music. Corduroy Collective also brought their music to the main stage, performing in front of hundreds of enthusiastic Sewanee students, including their friends. They were followed by the Too Turnt Tiger Girls who took over the stage. Their dance performance was highly acclaimed and gave Sewaneroo its momentum in performance art. Finally, Kaleb Seay brought his rap music to the mainstream and the crowd loved it.

Photo of Lily Oakley (C’24) performing on the Sewaneeroo stage. Photo by Beylie Ivanhoe.

After a brief intermission, the Sewanee community witnessed and heard what they wanted. Cherub took the stage and absolutely nailed it. From the covers to the originals, they have made Sewaneroo their own. Throughout the night, the crowd wanted a special song: “Doses et mimosas”. Cherub waited for the last song to deliver this special moment. After several of their own songs and a few covers, they finally played “Doses and Mimosas”. A crowd favourite, it was an honor to sing and dance to it for me and it set the stage perfectly for Waka Flocka Flame.

After another brief intermission, Waka Flocka Flame arrived and he entertained the Sewanee community in every way possible. “Hard in Da Paint” and “Grove St. Party” were some of his most popular songs that had the crowd singing and dancing their hearts out. As he sang his special, “No Hands,” Sewaneroo buzzed with excitement and the pure feeling of witnessing one of the nation’s most popular artists. Waka even made it special by stepping into the crowd and saluting the Sewanee community as he made his way through the audience.

Participant Rehan Ali (C ’24) said: “It was the best music [event] I attended Sewanee. The electrifying music and thrilling performances made my night. Especially the chance to see Waka Flocka Flame and Cherub on the main stage was a moment I will never forget. I used to listen to their music on Spotify, but witnessing it in person was very special.

Sewaneroo has captured the hearts of many Sewanee listeners. Each piece by student artists and guest artists has been performed with care and beauty. The whole concert was captivating and enjoyable. I’m sure everyone who attended this recital will be looking forward to the next showcase of student-musicians and Spotify hit artists as much as I am.

The Sewanee community also had the chance to enjoy photo booths, food stalls and shaved ice by Tiger Student Ventures.

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