In celebration of 16 years of jazz performances, the next Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening will be led by father and son duo, Ringo and Phila Madlingozi, on Friday, 9 June at Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg.
In partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni, the Mail & Guardian, the Sowetan and SAfm, the Birchwood Jazz Evening is a must-see on the Jozi night-life calendar.
Commemorating the Jazz Evening’s 16th birthday, this will be the first time that the Birchwood Hotel stage will feature a lineage of talent. Multiple SAMA Award winning artist, Ringo Madlingozi, and his first-born son, Phila Madlingozi, will be showing off their vocal talents as they lead the evening’s song choices.
Blessed with his father’s vocal “pipes” and music appreciation, Phila is delighted to be the opening act for Ringo’s performance. Phila is best known for his acting roles in SABC 1’s Intersexions and on Mzanzi Magic’s drama series, Isikisi. His talents extend beyond the world of TV though and in 2014 he was selected as one of the top six sexiest men in Mzansi’s Sexiest Men competition. In 2015, Phila introduced the public to his vocal talents when he made the top 16 in Idols Season 11 and, since then, has been writing music, singing, rapping and dancing at various events.
The Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening is so much more than outstanding musical performances; it provides local comedians with a platform to express their comedic views. Featuring not one but three hilarious comedians, guests can enjoy a break from reality for the night with a taste of the lighter side of life.
Hosted by resident MC Hector Motivator, the June Jazz Evening will feature Ekurhuleni-local Sister H, known for her multilingual humour, the hilarious Kgomotso "The Hitman" Madimetya, and newcomer Siya Seya, who has been catching the eye of some of SA’s best comedians.
Enjoy an evening of delicious food and memorable performances with friends by booking your table of 10 at R4 500 or R450 per a person. Book and pay for your table before 2 June and save R500 on the early bird special. Starting at 8pm sharp, don’t miss out on a bumper anniversary line-up and a chance to win some of the great prizes on offer! For more information or to book contact Dudu Kgomo on (011) 897 0141 or on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za.
The twelve Tenors now performing at the Joburg Theatre really served a delightful repertoire at their concert this past Saturday. In this South African leg of their World Tour the group showcased a well-oiled sound offering with tight harmonies whilst also managing to shine a spotlight on the individual melodic talents of each singer.
And talent each one of the twelve musicians demonstrated in abundance. However if one name really needs mentioning, it is that of Barry Potts, a musical friend of the new South Africa. He is one of the central cogs of the group. Well-known as a music teacher in London, his many accolades have much to do with this genre of vocal performances, over a period of decades.
They include world tours as the Twelve Irish Tenors, Sopranos, Somebody to Love and many others. In the current (twelve) Tenors World Tour, Barry and the group's exciting interpretations span several musical eras between the forties and the present. That the audience was also representative of these eras in its composition was another remarkable discovery during Saturday's Tenors concert.
That kind of broad appeal truly hits the high notes in terms of fun-for-the-whole-family. And any family member of a reasonable age will definitely find a tune to sing along with the Tenors, as did many during Saturday's show. The tour ends on the 21st May, but the cherry on the cake? There's a special Mothers' Day package this Sunday. At the Joburg Theatre.