By Peter Tromp
Imagine a real trip down memory lane straight to the groovy disco era of the 1970s and 80s. A journey where your old classmates may even be right there with you, in school uniforms, no less. This trip stops over at the disco floors where words like ‘boogie’, ‘groovy’, ‘funky’ and ‘get down’ were very serious in anyone’s vocabulary.
Or, imagine re-living that funky era by donning an afro, your bell-bottom trousers or your “anything goes” colour scheme of the 1980s, with big plastic earrings and even bigger shoulder pads.
This year Ganarama Productions will take local audiences on that journey with a show that guarantees a party from its opening number to the end.
Helmed by the creative duo of Gary Naidoo and Rafiek Mammon, ‘Boogie Wonderland: A 70’s & 80’s Party’ will feature hits made famous by the likes of Queen, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Tina Turner, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, Barry White, Whitney Houston and George Benson.
These are but a few of the artists audiences can expect to ‘boogie’ to for two solid hours at the CTICC from Friday to Sunday, December 14 to 16. Tribute shows are usually defined by their set lists and the Ganarama team has a history of attempting more obscure classics from the rock and pop playbook amongst the more established hits. Their funky version of The Band’s 1970s track ‘The Shape I’m In’ from a couple of years ago immediately springs to mind.
Although the set list for ‘Boogie Wonderland’ is a closely guarded secret, singer Can Skylark assures music fans that they can look forward to the same eclectic, yet satisfying mix from previous Ganarama shows.
“‘Boogie Wonderland’ showcases songs that not only rekindle that old flame of memory, but also puts its neck out there, by doing songs that are not the same old, same old,” says the powerhouse vocalist. “Show goers want to experience something new and fresh.
I have been fortunate enough to be part of many a tribute show and I found that many production companies use similar songs, because it has served to be winning formula. This production is somewhat different from others because of the song selection and wide appeal.”
Can the singer at least drop a hint of the kind songs one can expect?
“One of my ultimate favorite songs in the show is ‘Summer Breeze’ by Main Ingredient. I have been threatening to cover this tune for a while now, and have now been given the pleasure of performing it in this show.”
Joining Skylark on stage will be the ever-engaging Naidoo, who will yet again lead a pack of performers that also includes the likes of Cindy Gibbons and Riyaan Cornelius. Musically, the show will be led by brothers Kyle and Darren Petersen who will also do duty on the keyboards and drums respectively. Neil Potgieter is on lead guitar, Stigue Nel on trumpet while Reg Edwards is on the bass guitar.
People who took the time and effort to dress up as a famous 1970s or 80s icon will stand the chance to win one of a few great prizes like a weekend away for two people, a one-night stay at a prominent Cape Town hotel with breakfast, dinners for two, all the meat for a braai for ten people, a year’s supply of Bashews (the soft drink), full body massages, gift vouchers or even cash prizes.
* Performances will take place on Friday December 14 at 9pm, Saturday December 15 at 1pm, 5pm and 9pm and Sunday December 16 at 4pm and 8pm. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday night shows are already sold out. Book for the matinee performances at Computicket.