Watch Childish Gambino’s Funky, Delirious Tonight Show Performance
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.