FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Women of Soul (3.5 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Who are the Women of Soul? Three soul goddesses writing and performing their original hits around Australia, that’s who! Chelsea Wilson, Randa Khamis and Stella Angelico are absolute trailblazers in the industry – women producing and writing their own music. Women of Soul sees original music from all three of these soulful songstresses and also the big hits from the women you know and love – Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross.

Wilson opens the show with a powerful start – her songs, mostly about a break up from the album ‘I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me’ (which is brilliant, by the way) are all full of soul and Wilson gives all of herself over to the music. Her powerful voice fills every corner of the tent, soaring over the cabaret seats out into the orchard beyond. Wilson has a clear love of her craft and speaks in awe of her fellow women of soul. Her songs are just angry enough to have an edge, but her pain has been channeled into a very controlled and confident medium. Wilson is one to watch, for sure.

Next up is the legendary Perth girl, Randa Khamis. This pocket rocket has the moves! She bursts onto the stage in a swishy, sexy, gold-tassled dress and heels and just slays. That voice is so powerful and doesn’t waver on the high notes – in fact, they are her forte. Khamis has so much energy and passion for soul and her music is textbook soul/funk – she draws inspiration from the greats like Tina Turner and doesn’t miss a beat, even keeping up with her (much younger) Go-Go Dancers.

Finally, it’s Stella Angelico with her angst-riddled, haunting style. Angelico is a powerhouse. Every note is smoky and rich, her passion pulses through her body as she stamps out the rhythm in her heels. Angelico’s voice breaks with emotion as she sings angry and sad music from her past, and jubilantly soars as she covers more recent material. There is so much depth to this wonderful young lady, and I’m sure she is destined for great things. Her voice is so big, it eclipses all others.

Not only is Women of Soul an important show for young women to see, it’s also a great night out for all!


When: 16th – 18th February 2017 | 11:00pm

Where: De Parel Speigeltent | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $31

Info: Duration 70 minutes | Suitable 18+