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Seal plays Montreux Jazz Festival

Seal plays Montreux Jazz Festival

Seal, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and husband of German model Heidi Klum, wasn't going to give up until the audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival broke into a sweat like the one he'd worked up.
"Are we going to dance tonight? Or are we going to sit down? You tell me," he said late Tuesday night after his second number. Then, four classics later, he noted: "It seems something very strange is happening. I seem to be the only one sweating."
To drive home the point in the Montreux Jazz Festival performance, the pop and R&B singer made gentle fun of the people sitting in the front row by taking one guy's seat. The man in the audience jumped on stage, peered out and apologized for not being able to sing.
Seal worked hard, too, overcoming technical problems that he said were caused by having to borrow all their musical equipment for a night. The truck containing the band's gear didn't make it to Montreux from the gig the night before in Nice, France, Seal explained.
To play for time while the band made technical adjustments, Seal introduced his monster hit, "Kiss From A Rose," as a waltz, and grabbed a man in the front row to demonstrate the dance.
Indeed, the baritone singer was sweating almost from start to finish, packing in a number of old standards and winding up with some of his biggest hits during a set lasting more than 1 1/2 hours, until just before midnight. People really got off their feet _ some even broke a sweat _ when he got to his hit song "Crazy."
Seal, a British-born musician of Nigerian and Brazilian descent, said his favorite moment of the show was performing the song "Dreaming In Metaphors." But he seemed to be enjoying himself much of the time, often joking or laughing, dancing his way in his black jeans and button-down shirt and red sneakers from one end of the stage to the other.
Opening for Seal was Asa, another European singer-songwriter of Nigerian descent, whose combination of pop and soul got the audience clapping and singing along, especially when she danced barefoot on the stage in her glittery rose-colored jumpsuit.
Seal was promoting his seventh studio album, "Commitment," which came out last year. The 48-year-old Seal has won three Grammy Awards and sold 20 million records worldwide over two decades.
In 2005, Seal married Klum, who has had a daughter and two boys with him. Seal also has adopted another daughter she had from a previous relationship. He dedicated one song to his 7-year-old daughter, Leni.
The 45th Montreux Jazz Festival, held on the shores of Lake Geneva, runs until July 16.
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Updated : 2021-06-19 05:25 GMT+08:00