May 24th, 2018
As the sun lowered across the horizon, draping the crowd at the Malkin Bowl with some beautiful orange light – anticipation rose as neon pink and blue lights illuminated the stage, setting the tone for the night. Fans throughout the venue, be it with the latest t-shirt from the merch booth on pressing up against the front barrier or towards the back, beers in hand on a picnic blanket were shouting “Tash, Tash, Tash!” Within a few minutes Sultana graced the stage with her presence – her smile beyond infectious, spreading even to security guards and the pit photographers.
Surrounded by a plethora of instruments, several microphones and some light fog – Sultana exhumes the presence of a whole band. Being musically inclined since the early age of three and playing more than 20 instruments (including the guitar, bass, trumpet, flute and saxophone), Sultana is self-described as a “one-woman band”; a tour de force of a musician – particularly in a scene dominated by simplicity in orchestration.
Having suffered from drug addiction in her adolescence, there was a new profound bliss in her performance. Tantalizing from the first note, Sultana understood the theatrics in her performance leaving the crowd mesmerized for her entire set – her grin stretching from ear to ear. After the first few songs, Sultana kindly asked all those who oppose the LGBTQ community and racists to “kindly fuck off” from the premises, leading to roars of applause and agreement, uniting the crowd closer than ever.
A true diamond in the rough, Sultana proves that we can transcend from our mistakes, using our passions to calm, fuel and hone focus to reach a heightened state of mind. Having found her calling in music, Sultana will be sure to rise through the ranks of the charts in the years to come.Malkin Bowl, tash siltana