Music writer and photographer Nathalie Coeln captures the pop force that is Janelle Monáe…

Janelle Monáe helped NASA launch John Glenn into space in hidden figures and now gives us an out-of-this-world performance in a show that was probably meant for the arenas.

Performing songs from her recently released album Dirty Computer, Janelle sure knows how to put on a show. Alongside her talented dancers and musicians, every song feels like an anthem and it shows by the way the fans sing back lyrics to her.

With a music genre only she has the secret to, Janelle didn’t come here to play; her multiple costume changes and perfectly choreographed dance routines make this performance way more entertaining than your regular gig.

Despite her show feeling like one big party, Janelle’s lyrics resonate deeply with fans. With empowering and inspiring lyrics on subjects of love and acceptance, it’s easy to see why Janelle’s success is skyrocketing.

Taking girl power to a new high with her now notorious vagina trousers, her track ‘Pynk’ is a much needed tribute to women around the world. Other hits performed include ‘Take a byte’, ‘Come Alive’, ‘Electric Lady’ and ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ – which she truly is.

She ends the show with a crowd-surf that leaves everyone a little envious of such incredible energy and definitely, definitely wanting more.

Janelle continues her Dirty Computer tour across the US this autumn.


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