George Benson and Al Jarreau: “Givin’ It Up”
Feb01

George Benson and Al Jarreau: “Givin’ It Up”

Have you heard? The kings of cool are coming to town! Grammy- Award winning superstars George Benson and Al Jarreau will give three unique, once-in-a-lifetime concert performances, together in SA in March! They will be performing in Johannesburg at the Coca Cola Dome, Durban at the International Convention Centre, Cape Town at the Bellville Veladrome, and they will also perform at an exclusive private concert as part of the official opening ceremony of the Arena at the International Convention Centre, Durban. While enjoying the world-wide success of  “Givin’ It Up”, their first full length CD collaboration together, (released on 24 October 2006), George Benson and Al Jarreau recently began a worldwide promotional tour, performing only in a few selected countries, including South Africa. Local audiences have the rare opportunity and privilege to see two of the world’s finest artists on stage together, accompanied by the Benson/ Jarreau touring musicians.   Throughout his career George Benson has embraced everything from straight-ahead jazz to contemporary jazz and R&B/ pop vocals.  He is one of a handful of artists who have achieved major critical and commercial success in different genres and this pedigree makes him one of the most respected performers of the past 30 years. Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style and his innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time.   Between them, George Benson and Al Jarreau have sold over 50 million records, had 20 number one hits and won 13 Grammy Awards across pop, jazz and R&B categories. “Givin’ It Up”, the new release teaming singer/guitarist/songwriter George Benson with vocalist extraordinaire/songwriter Al Jarreau marks the first time the two artists have recorded together in their 30-year friendship. The Benson and Jarreau collaboration resulted in new arrangements of each other’s respective biggest hits, “Breezin’” and “Mornin’”.   “Givin’ it Up” unites Benson and Jarreau for the first time and features guest appearances from Paul McCartney, Marcus Miller and Chris Botti. It includes “Tutu”, a homage to Bishop Desmond Tutu, featuring special guest Herbie Hancock on acoustic piano. It has been nominated for three Grammy Awards to be announced on 11 February 2007. “Mornin’” was nominated for best pop instrumental, “Breezin’” for best R&B vocal performance by a duo or group and “God Bless The Child” featuring Jill Scott for best traditional R&B vocal performance. Details: Johannesburg: Coca Cola Dome, Northgate Sunday, 18 March 2007 18h00 Durban: International Convention Centre Wednesday, 21 March 2007 (Human Right’s Day) 19h00 Cape Town: Bellville Veladrome Thursday, 22 March 2007 20h00 Ticket prices range from R200- R450. Book now by calling Computicket on 083 915 8000, or...

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Competition: Edgars Music Series
Jan21

Competition: Edgars Music Series

The Edgars Music Series is back in 2007 with a bang on Friday 02 February! Yes, the first Edgars Music Series of the year has a huge and crackling line-up designed to chase away the New Year blues and put you back in the party mood! It is still summer after all, and there are plenty of excuses for a good time, so get your New Year off to a typical party style start with the Edgars Music Series at the Bassline. Come on down on the 2nd of February and see HHP, Magesh and the Blk Jks in action. Joining these acts on stage will be two brand new emerging artists in the form of Character and Black Rose. As usual, The Fashion Police will be prowling the venue, checking out the gents and the ladies, looking for that special look that deserves rewarding. They will be deciding who gets to win special prizes from Sloggi and showing off the best dressed to the crowd!  So make sure you are dressed to impress, when you head to The Bassline on 02 February 2007! Dineo Ranaka of Y FM will be the MC and host for the night, and the Y Fm crew will be there in force as usual, so get there early and book your space for the highlight of the Jozi party scene, the Edgars Music Series! The Edgars Music Series at the Bassline Friday 02 February 2007 The Bassline 10 Henry Nxumalo Street Newtown Music Centre Featuring: HHP, Magesh, Blk Jcks, Character, Black Rose AND DJ Mdu and Dj Vini...

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