WORLD’S PREMIER ABBA TRIBUTE EXPERIENCE, THE ABBA SHOW, SET TO DAZZLE CAPE TOWN AUDIENCES IN EAR LY 2020

The ABBA Show @ Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World – 18 January 2020

Presented by Showtime Australia

Dancing Queens and Super Troupers are you ready to Gimme Gimme Gimme?

Get ready for an epic singalong when the world`s premier live ABBA tribute, The ABBA Show, returns to Cape Town, 18 January 2020, for a much anticipated one-night-only performance at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World.

As one of Showtime Australia’s most enduring and successful shows, with devoted and ostentatious fans all over the world, tickets are already selling well and producers are expecting a huge, lively crowd to turn up and set the dancefloor alight!

While Abba’s legend lives on, with over 600 million records sold, and hit after hit of dance floor classics, The ABBA Show, is far from being just another cover band – it’s a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of your favourite ABBA tunes performed live with a backing band, dancing, replica costumes and theatrical lighting and effects, giving fans all the ABBA nostalgia they can handle, plus a highly fun and entertaining night out in its own right.

The internationally acclaimed starring cast of the show has put in countless hours to achieve the attention to detail that the show is famous for. With superb harmonies, great musicianship plus all the little details like dance moves, accents and mannerisms, The ABBA Show transcends the conventions of ‘tribute shows’ and enters a unique realm of authentic and professional recreation.

Brits Hannah Pocock as Agnetha and Jenna Ball as Frida are set to dazzle audiences while Johannesburg’s André Behnke and Australian Zac Coombs will take on the roles of Bjorn and Benny.

Showtime Australia Director and Producer, Johnny Van Grinsven, believes the show is a “must-see” for all ages, especially die-hard ABBA fans.

“ABBAsolutely fABBAulous has been all around the world averaging 200 shows a year for the past 17 years! Throughout the course of the production, the audience is led through a magical journey detailing the rise of Abba, and we guarantee you will be on your feet for most of the evening,” he says.

Featuring classic songs such as Waterloo, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Money, Knowing Me Knowing You and many more, The Abba Show promises to be the must-see event of the New Year.

So, grab your platforms and sequins and let this fun, fast-paced and hugely interactive tribute stage show take you back to a time when glitz and ABBA ruled!

Tickets for this spectacular show can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced between R180 and R380 each.

For further details about the show, visit: www.facebook.com/theabbashow as well as the show’s official website at www.theabbashow.com.au

Showtime Australia
Showtime Australia is the keystone business in Johnny Van Grinsven’s group of international entertainment companies which specialize in the production, promotion and touring of tribute shows. With more than 10 000 performances on the books and eight marquee shows currently touring the globe, Showtime Australia is the premier name in tribute entertainment.

Don’t miss out Lana Crowster at GrandWest 3 shows only 13 .14.15 OCT

Don’t miss out Lana Crowster at GrandWest 3 shows only

Music Exchange returns to Cape Town Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme. Music Exchange(MEX) returns to Cape Town between Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this year not only will it be within heritage month, MEX16 returns to Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, to host South Afrirca’s entertainment economy indaba.

Adding weight to the now well-established and much respected conference, MEX’s most recent new inclusion the Mother City’s regional pop radio station, Good Hope FM, is the latest in a string of new media partnerships signed up and on board for this year’s all-entertainment economy emersion. Eastern Acoustics will handle all the technical production of the event and Cape Town Tourism will be actively promoting the event on all its platforms.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to return for a sixth consecutive year, with some of the most important names and talents actively invested in music and film today,” states Music Exchange founder Martin Myers.

2016’s #MEX16 is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation.

Guest speakers confirmed already include: Samm Marshall, Sophia Foster, Derek Geddes, Lukas De Beer, Nick Matzukis, Siphokazi Jonas, Mornay Hofmeeyster, Steve Harris, Brian Mawdsley, Brandon Bakshi (BMI London) and John Fishlock, among others

Over the two days, the annual symposium of the industry strategists, marketers and musicians will get to share and engage in lectures, collaborative breakout sessions, all geared to empower, edify and entertain.

Diverse subjects covering every aspect of the African and global entertainment economy will be unpacked and shared by the very best in their respective disciplines. From the importance of arts and culture, insights into international trends, working in Africa, marketing, multi-media distribution mechanisms, right through to rights protection and how to be seen and heard in a local and global market, both cluttered with more noise than harmony – MEX2016 will deliver it all.

For more information, visit musicexchange.co.za. #MEX16

5.6.7 JULY -3 Shows -with top SA Jazz band Top Dog at Grandwest -Don’t Miss it

Three nights and a mere 450 seats make this highly anticipated new album reveal July’s hot, must-see show ,with Top Dog SA

Top Dog SA’s saxophonist Donveno Prins, who most recently lead the band for the inaugural run for David Kramer’s Kanala show at The Fugard Theatre, is also the band’s leader.

Add Camillo Lombard on keyboards, Charlton Daniels on bass, Mornay Hoffmeester on drums and Mark Williams on guitar and you’re in the company of some of South Africa’s most highly sought after and hugely respected music makers who’ve played with some of the greats.

Now it’s their turn to shine and you’re invited.

Described as a fresh vibrant band, and a force to be reckoned with, Top Dog SA has already made its mark in venues as diverse as Bellville Velodrome, right through to Carnival City in Johannesburg. They’ve also featured at major music festivals, including Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Jazz On The Rocks Festival, Safricon Jazz Fest, Kenya, and Satchmo’s Jazz Fest in Nigeria.

With a recipe that’s made up of equal parts Afro Vibes and fusion jazz fuelled by Khoi san legacy and various indigenous African rhythms the band calls “KhoiJazz”.

“We’ll be doing two sets,” Don reveals, “where the full repertoire of our musical influences and stories will be played.” “It’s going to be two hours of exceptional music,” Mornay adds. “Some tracks, from our recently released debut album, Griqua DNA, have never been played live before, so we’re excited to perform them in front of a live audience for the very first time. The vibe in the studio was amazing when we recorded these songs, so seeing how they’ll translate live has us all filled with nervous anticipation. It’s a great place and privilege for any musician to be in that space.”

The collective is also focused on Youth and Community Development, sharing their time and talent teaching youth in impoverished communities, as well as presenting reading classes, and supporting events the likes of Music Exchange.

To book tickets to Top Dog’s inaugural showcase,

go to Computicket or http://online.computicket.com/web/event/topdog_sa_live_and_intimate/1045943509/0/73441693.

Doors open at 7.30 and show starts at 8pm.

Stage ready for young vocal diva talent search in Cape Town

On Saturday, 4, 11 and 18 June, the stage of the Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will be ready for an exciting new talent search, the Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition.

The search – to find the first ‘Young Diva’ to perform at this year’s Divas Unite concert on national Women’s Day – can be attended by the public and is open to talented young vocalists between the ages of 8 – 18.

From 2-4pm on Saturday 4 and 11 June, the audition rounds will take place where pre-selected young vocalists will each perform one song for the judges, Kim Kallie, Bev Scott-Brown and Adelia Douw. On Saturday, 18 June, from 2pm onwards, the final round will showcase the 10 selected finalists, each performing two songs. At the end of this round the winner will be announced to the public.

The winner will be invited to perform with a magnificent symphony orchestra alongside some of South Africa’s top Divas at the spectacular Divas Unite 2016 concert, due to be staged at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino on the 9th of August. The diva line-up for this year includes, amongst others, gospel singer and TV personality, Rouchelle Liedemann and young jazz songstress, Adelia Douw, the award-winning sopranos, Magdalene Minnaar and Lynelle Kenned, as well as seven-time SAMA nominated all-girl group, Blackbyrd.

Says event initiator and producer, Barbara Lenhard, ‘We are absolutely delighted to share this wonderful platform with our vocal divas of the future. The first Young Diva will have the opportunity to perform in the company of leading female vocalists, plus our very own Divas Unite Choir.’

Talented young vocalists wishing to take part in the competition can find more information online by visiting www.divas-unite.co.za and clicking on the ‘Young Divas’ option.

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For all media enquiries regarding the Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition 2016, please contact:

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Adrien Conradie who heads up Dance A&R at Universal Music South Africa will be speaking at Music Exchange in September

We all feel a connection with music, and for some it makes its way to the very core of our soul. This was the case for Adrien Conradie, better known as Adie. Having grown up in the bustling hive of culture that is Johannesburg, his passion for South Africa’s rich culture of music and expression, is evident in his work as a music producer, DJ and label manager.

Having taken a keen interest in music at a young age, Adrien decided to forgo the life of Bcom business management, and instead complete a Sound Engineering qualification at the Academy of Sound Engineering. He quickly took an interest in the business side of the industry and the inner workings of the labels he admired and landed his first position, while still studying full time, as an intern for Music Entertainment And Solutions Hub (MESH) working for long-time mentor Nic Burger in their digital distribution department.

After only a few short months he worked his way into a label that influenced him to become a DJ, Soul Candi Records. His roles included running their sister dance label, F! Records, as well as assisting with digital marketing, singles signings & licensing and even running an online radio station and mobile app.

His journey with Soul Candi came to an end in 2015 when he moved on to work for Universal owned streaming platform, Kleek, as a Digital Marketing & Social Media Consultant.

It wasn’t long before Universal Music noticed his work for Kleek and took an interest in him.

Adrien now heads up Dance A&R at Universal Music South Africa, as well as consulting on Compilations and Digital Marketing.

Adrien Conradie who heads up Dance A&R at Universal Music South Africa will be speaking at Music Exchange in September

We all feel a connection with music, and for some it makes its way to the very core of our soul. This was the case for Adrien Conradie, better known as Adie. Having grown up in the bustling hive of culture that is Johannesburg, his passion for South Africa’s rich culture of music and expression, is evident in his work as a music producer, DJ and label manager.

Having taken a keen interest in music at a young age, Adrien decided to forgo the life of Bcom business management, and instead complete a Sound Engineering qualification at the Academy of Sound Engineering. He quickly took an interest in the business side of the industry and the inner workings of the labels he admired and landed his first position, while still studying full time, as an intern for Music Entertainment And Solutions Hub (MESH) working for long-time mentor Nic Burger in their digital distribution department.

After only a few short months he worked his way into a label that influenced him to become a DJ, Soul Candi Records. His roles included running their sister dance label, F! Records, as well as assisting with digital marketing, singles signings & licensing and even running an online radio station and mobile app.

His journey with Soul Candi came to an end in 2015 when he moved on to work for Universal owned streaming platform, Kleek, as a Digital Marketing & Social Media Consultant.

It wasn’t long before Universal Music noticed his work for Kleek and took an interest in him.

Adrien now heads up Dance A&R at Universal Music South Africa, as well as consulting on Compilations and Digital Marketing.

Join us LIVE for the 8th annual Google I/O developer conference. TODAY – 4PM (SA) Catch it all on MEX

Join us LIVE for the 8th annual Google I/O developer conference. Thursday 28 May – 4PM (SA)

Catch it all on MEX :www.musicexchange.co.za/live

A talent on the rise Chris Werge -Launched debut album this week in Cape Town

The show was held at Roxy Review bar at GrandWest on Wednesday evening to a full house of media and friends of the singer.

The press release describes him as “Graceful, warm, soulful and uplifting are words one would use to describe the Indie Folk sound of Cape Town singer-songwriter, Chris Werge.”

With his soothing vocals and acoustic inclination, he transports listeners into a deeper experience of the soul-bearing subject matter of his compositions.

Chris has never been short of inspiration, but lends his most maturing influences from the characteristic story-telling of Indie group, Death Cab For Cutie, the well-balanced and tasteful sound of singer-songwriter John Mayer, and the hopeful anthems of artist Phil Wickham.

In 2014, discovered and mentored by Manager, Gavin Taylor and Vocalist, Bev Scott-Brown, Chris has focused his gift and passionate heart for the upliftment of others into a debut studio album entitled “Exposure”, which is released now with all songs available on ITunes .

Having recorded the album at Thundabird Studios, his production team includes Neil Benjamin (Producer) and Gerhard Grobler (Recording Engineer).

Key band members for the album include Werner Von Waltsleben (drums), Shaun Johannes (bass), Neil Benjamin (lead guitar), and Lynne Poulsen (keyboard, string & brass arrangement).

He now needs to get out and play more shows .Hopefully adult radio( or AC radio ) picks up on his work and plays his songs .Chris could be described as a young talent waiting to bloom and with careful guidance in 2015 he could be an artist worth catching and watching now !

Sipho Mabuse, Sophia Foster, Alistair Izobel for Music Alla Kaap Sat 27th September Grand Arena

Cape Town’s annual music extravaganza Music Alla Kaap is back for its third year running at the GrandWest Arena in Cape Town for one night only on Saturday 27 September 2014 at 8pm.

Following 5 sold out shows in two years’, this has become a must-see event on Cape Town’s social calendar.

Music Alla Kaap will be celebrating South Africa’s music icons and the best of the mother city’s artists and entertainers coming together to perform on one stage.

The star-studded line-up will be hosted by veteran stage, film and television star Shaleen Surtie-Richards for a second consecutive year.

She was recently seen in Lara Foot’s adaptation of the stage production Scrooge and was the master of ceremonies at the 10th Cape Town Comedy Festival.

The show is a celebration of great music featuring performances by Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Alvon Collison, Nur Abrahams, Karin Kortje, Sophia Foster, Salome

The show  includes a 6-piece band headed up by one of Cape Town’s top music director’s Trevino Isaacs, Don-veno Prins on saxophone, Ryan Kierman – trombone, Lorenzo Blignaught – trumpet, Jason de Laney on guitar and Melvin Williams on bass.

Music Alla Kaap is produced and conceptualized by Alistair Izobell who will also be performing on stage with the rest of the stars, together with a few other surprising artists on the night.

For Sipho  this September  marks the 30th anniversary of the icon’s hit-makers song “Burn out”, where 500 000 copies of this selling-single changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in SA  pop music history.

Mabuse is a 2005 SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Chairman of the non-profit organisation Music Exchange and a 46664 Ambassador having performed at both London’s Hyde Park in 2008 and New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 2009.

The line-up of acts to join Mabuse includes Cape Town’s ‘Mr Showbiz’, Alvon Collison who’s been entertaining audiences for more than 35 years.  This all-round entertainer has appeared in a variety of shows over the years, and has made several TV appearances on entertainment programmes throughout his career.

Sophia Foster forms part of the incredible line-up as well.  Her unique talent has transcended all boundaries of music and secured her place as one of the country’s top divas of song. Today, she is one of South Africa’s pioneers and much loved ‘sisters of song’.

Foster has performed internationally and to local audiences over the past four decades. Having starred in various musical extravaganzas, it’s her one woman shows that have earned Foster her greatest acclaim.  She’s been compared to those of Billy Holiday, Lena Horn and Shirley Bassey, and is been celebrated for her unique and sophisticated style.

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Local Cape Town singer Karin Kortje joins the ensemble of entertainers with her sultry and powerful singing voice.  Suave vocalist Nur Abrahams brings his musical charm to the show.  This seasoned artist has appeared in a number of productions.  His performed to local and international audiences as is well-known for his performances in David Kramer’s award-winning musicals and was a former member of the popular band JAG.

Singing sensation Salome Damon Johansen is no stranger to Cape Town audiences. She’s travelled and performed in various cities with Madame Zingara, and formed part of the Diva Tour featuring SA’s top female singers in Cape Town.

Tickets range from R120 – R180 and booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.

 

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