Cape Town singers are warming up their voices to showcase their talent at a musical production.
They will be joined on stage with divas from Stellenbosch, Eerste River, Athlone, crooners from the southern suburbs at the Sounds of Yesteryear musical production, at Cedar High School of the Arts, in Rocklands, on Saturday March 4 at 8pm.
Talented divas include Ganaan Davids, from Athlone, who will be keeping things steady with Rashaad Voegt and Gafieldien Voegt, formerly from Cape boy group sensation The Boyz, and Rushdien Abdol, formerly from boyband Rumirz.
The Plainsman caught up with them at a rehearsal at Weltevreden recreational centre in Rocklands on Saturday February 18.
The talents were brought together by Zee Productions headed by Zenobia Daniels, daughter of the original Kat Diamond, played by Salie Daniels, star and muse of musical production Kat and the Kings by Taliep Petersen and David Kramer (“Benefit concert for Tafelsig entertainer”, Plainsman, October 9, 2019). Mr Daniels died in 1999.
Ms Daniels said it was about creating opportunities for performers to take to the stage. “It is about creating alternatives to drugs and gangsterism.
“Working with our youth and the unemployed to put food on their tables and also change their hearts and minds to using their talent for good,” she said.
Ms Daniels said many artists have had doors slammed in their faces and had battled during the national Covid-19 lockdown. “Life happened and many either sank or swam,” she said.
Tickets cost R130 but a portion of each ticket will be given to community organisation or seniors’ clubs to help them raise funds either for end-of-year lunches or feeding schemes.
Prior to the show many of the artists have been volunteering at community gigs to get their voices out and to help people have a good time.
Ms Daniels said it was also an opportunity to bring former singers back to audiences.
Mono Dullisear, from Portland, former Jag band member, said while he hasn’t sang professionally for 12 years it was good to be back. “The time I wasn’t singing was very hard for me. It was like music had abandoned me. You just know when something is right and music is right for me,” he said.
He said preparing for the show took him back to how he used to feel before he stopped singing. “It is about honest music,” he said.
Mr Dullisear has been fighting hard to get his life back on track and has been drug-free for the past six years.
He said working with the crew in recent weeks had been “lekker”. “They are a group of talented people, who respect each other and just have fun,” he said.
For tickets for the show, call Zee Productions on 061 167 0135. They are also available for fund-raisers.
• The Plainsman, in association with Zee Productions, has five double tickets to give away for Sounds of Yesteryear for Saturday March 4 at 8pm. To enter, email your name, surname and ID number to email@example.com by midnight on Sunday February 26. Zee Productions will ensure that the winners receive their tickets.