The merry-go-round of musical success

The merry-go-round of musical success
By Ian Bredenkamp

By Ian Bredenkamp

It’s not often one gets to report that the world’s biggest pop star is coming to town. Last year many were quick to say Lady Gaga was number one when her Cape Town visit was announced. Same thing with the upcoming Justin Bieber SA concerts.
Granted, both are almost unparalleled in their success, but there is one young woman who tops it all: Rihanna! Her ‘Diamonds’ world tour has been confirmed to play Cape Town and Johannesburg in October.

The beauty from Barbados has six Grammy wins and has sold more than 150 million digital downloads. Forbes named Rihanna the world’s #1 social media star with over 2.9 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, over 63 million Facebook fans, and over 27 million Twitter followers. Tickets went on sale this week for her Cape Town Stadium show. Prices range from R275 to R820.

From the extreme success of Rihanna to the exact opposite in the case of Falling Mirror: In the 1980s’s Falling Mirror become an overnight success in SA with their hit songs ‘Neutron Bop’ and ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’. The lads from Cape Town had a cult following, but then an all too familiar rock & roll cliché took place: the songs dried up, the success fizzled and the band broke up. Some members hit hard times in the decades to follow. This week I was tipped-off that promoters were producing a reunion concert of Falling Mirror. The band is keen to play again and have announced a concert on April 24 at the Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge.

Emo Adams has garnered a broad fan base over the years – he started small, cast at six years old to perform in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s ‘District 6 – The Musical’. Later he starred in ‘Kat and the Kings’, which kept him busy for 10 years and saw him travel the word. More recently he’s played the Afrikaans pop music circuit.
That industry is dominated by personalities from across the Vaal River, but our Capetonian star has made his mark, performing his English and Afrikaans pop hits at countless music festivals and events. It’s created the platform for him to host his popular KykNet programme ‘Jou Show met Emo’ and also star in films, including the recent release, ‘Pretville’.
This week Emo Adams opened the doors to his new live music venue, the All Star Theatre.

Based in the Cape Gate Centre, Brackenfell, it offers a platform for local talent to perform to audiences in the Northern Suburbs.
The market in the area is hungry for a venue that offers live Afrikaans pop music and Emo has used his extensive network to book some of the biggest names, including Lianie May, Snotkop, Willem Botha with Monique, and of course Emo will appear too!
I attended the opening this week and encourage you to pay them a visit before the queues get too long!
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