Kenny G in concert

One of the highest selling artists of all time, Kenny G has single-handedly made the saxophone a hit amongst music lovers. Perhaps it is the raspy mid-tones of the saxophone that lend it an air of intimacy, or maybe it’s Read more

Splashy Fen is the ultimate Easter concert

It’s been going since 1990, and Easter 2015 will be the 26th year for the Splashy Fen music festival. I have yet to learn why the music event is called Splashy Fen, though I do believe that the farm it Read more

Oppikoppi, a whole series of concerts rolled into one

The small town of Northam in Limpopo Province comes to life every August. Technically it’s spring if you calculate that you are halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and you don’t factor in seasonal lag, but Read more

Richard Clayderman in concert

No doubt the mysterious Frenchman’s greatest gift to the world musically has been “Ballad for Adeline.” Composed by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint in 1976, the co-writers could never have imagined how big the song would become, because disco Read more

Albert Hammond in concert

This is not a name that rolls off the tongue like Madonna or Michael Jackson or Elvis, but Albert Hammond has had an amazing music career anyway. A native of the UK, he has done a considerable body of work Read more

Mamma Mia! heads back to Jozi in 2015

The smash hit musical based on the music of those 4 Swedes (well, actually 3 Swedes and a half-Norwegian) returns to the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg, for a limited season run from Tuesday 24 March 2015 to Sunday Read more

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is NOT too cool for school!

On 1 October the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City hosted Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse in concert. It’s been 30 years since his hit “Burnout” tore up the charts, and, according to the write-up for his show, 50 years since Read more


Adele: good girl gone fat

I love Adele. What a voice, what a songwriter! When I first heard Chasing Pavements, I instantly fell in love with her. She is young, and yet drinks so deeply of the well of life, sharing her poetry and her mellifluous sounds with the world.

As a fellow porker myself, I also like the fact that the woman keeps it real with her buxom bod. Rumour has it (ha ha, pardon the pun) that when she bumped into Jennfier Hudson, she was none too impressed when the latter started extolling the virtues of weight loss programmes to her. I can just imagine how, in that typically nonchalant British way, she told her to buzz off.

Adele gives me hope for the music industry. Yes, I guess I could go on an eating programme and lose 30 kilograms, but unlike modelling, being ‘large’ in music is less of an issue. Look at the inimitable Cee-Lo Green. It’s all about the song, and the message that it conveys. I mean, I don’t think Rod Stewart has an award-winning voice (ditto Willie Nelson), but these are people who have been very successful in the music industry, with careers spanning decades, and that is hugely admirable. The way the singer communicates subconsciously with an audience is important, and Adele seems to do that really well.

Her success over the past few years has been astounding. In a downturned music industry with rife downloading and dropping sales, Adele has sold millions from her two albums, 19 and 21. And I am amazed how someone so young has managed to capture the world with her songwriting and her voice, much of which she attributes to a ‘rubbish’ relationship she had with a previous boyfriend.

Yeah, the Brits still seem to churn out great music that finds a home on either side of the Atlantic – and elsewhere in the world. Question is, when can we expect the new Adele album? I am sure she is furiously working on it as I write…

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