Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
It was a small but classy audience at Wednesday night's opening of the Haramba supper club. The man in the three-piece suit and crown turned out to be the Hon. Adolphus D. Tolbert, son of the president of Liberia and chairman of the foreign affairs committee of Liberia's house of representatives.
His impromptu call to economic arms for blacks in America and Africa caught the attention of a crowd come to salute a new supper club in Washington's showplace black hotel, the Harambee House.
Tolbert congratulated the owners of the Harambee, saying. "There is no black power except there is economic power."
The Haramba Club is making a bid to become the Copacabana of D.C. The supper club seats about 225 and can expand to 600.
Oscar Brown Jr. is performing for two weeks, backed up by a jazz trio and vocalist Jean Pace. The Four Tops are signed for June 7, 9, 10 and 11.
Brown added a blue note to the opening of the earth-and-rust, Africa-flavored lounge.
He has turned from the piano to stand-up microphone, from which he sings/recites portions from one of his musicals, "In the Beginning." Brown portrays Everyman and Godthe Father and Adam, and occasionally the Snake; Pace, provocative in a see-through tunic and metallic accessories, is Eve and her daughters.
Brown has a real gift for rhyme, as offbeat and unexpected as Ogden Nash, but his focus on double entendre often weighs him down until he sounds like a running Playboy party joke. When not being so stead fastly naughty, however, his lyrics are extremely clever.