Earlier this month, fresh off the success of his great TV show Atlanta, Donald Glover returned to his musical persona Childish Gambino and released the hazy, Funkadelic-damaged album Awaken, My Love! Last night, he was on hand to perform the slow-burning single “Redbone” on The Tonight Show, and he really launched himself into his new all-singing, no-rapping persona. Glover performed shirtless, wearing two gold chains and some sequined pants, in front of a progged-out backing band, six backup singers, and a few fairly serious laser-light machines. Also, he had a mustache. It was really something. And if you happen to find Awaken, My Love! a shallow exercise in ’70s mimicry, as some of us do, the performance is worth watching anyway, since it sort of works as a comedy sketch. Check it out below.
Awaken, My Love! is out now on Glassnote.