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

Lady Gaga

Gaga is niegagganie

I just had to throw in an Afrikaans title for a change. Love her or hate her, Stefani Germanotta has done wonders with her music career over the past few years. A native New Yorker, she was privileged to grow up in an environment where her parents encouraged hard work and discipline, and she was surrounded by like-minded talents when she attended Tisch School of the Arts, and other artsy institutions that would have helped her hone her craft.

A few years before her breakthrough success (yes, even Gaga had to pay her dues, and she has a past), she played in Miami at a music festival. She was sporting mousybrown short hair, and was standing behind the keyboard like a bit of a wallflower.

So it took some major theatrics to bring her to the front of the stage. Some people say that this is all hype and no substance, that unlike other truly gifted artists she has to rely on flash and weird to make her mark in the world. Be that as it may, the world has responded in kind, and has taken notice of the woman. The wigs, the theatrical make-up, the costumes, the props on set – these have all created a strong music brand – or at least one that people cannot ignore.

And it’s brought out the nasty in others – Christina Aguilera once asked if ‘it’ was a man or a woman – and it seems as if that is just a case of sour grapes, because Gaga’s career has been a much more illustrious one of late. Admittedly, her last album seemed to be a bit of a disappointment to the world at large, and maybe some of her fans, but it’s hard work churning out song after song, hoping and praying that they will become hits.

Let’s see what she does 50 years from now, because the true test of an artist is their longevity.

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