Drew Barrymore

SZA, Playboi Carti and Baltimore rappers deliver at Trillectro festival in Columbia

SZA, Playboi Carti and Baltimore rappers deliver at Trillectro festival in Columbia

After hours of mostly aggressive bravado, with varying degrees of effectiveness, the freshest breath of air — more like a gust — hit the Merriweather Post Pavilion main stage on Saturday night in the form of SZA, the R&B singer selected to headline the Trillectro festival in Columbia.

Mostly performing songs from “Ctrl,” the Grammy-nominated singer displayed the raw emotions and vulnerability that made the 2017 album so instantly memorable. Her lyrics reveal insecurities and moments of resiliency, both through loving others and having to stare long in the mirror. In other words, she sings tenderly, unflinchingly about the human experience.

“I get so lonely I forget what...

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