Of international music celebs and the dignity of local musicians

Of international music celebs and the dignity of local musicians

By Ian Bredenkamp

Cape Town International Airport has become a hotspot for celebrity spotting of late. Justin Bieber and the Bon Jovi lineup all made their way through the Arrivals Lounges this week (albeit via discreet VIP entrances).
Last week Metallica did the same. So did Peaches & Herb. Some celebrities are very good at sneaking around…and some are not. Remember the pandemonium and security nightmare at the V&A Waterfront when Usher was spotted shopping there? Cape Town will be jam-packed with more stars over the months to come.
Snoop Lion (ex Snoop Dogg) will play the Grand Arena on May 21. One week later R&B legend Percy Sledge (‘When a Man Loves a Woman’) will be on his way back to the Mother City.

He once performed at the Luxurama in Wynberg, but this time round will play the Grand Arena on May 24 and 25 May. Two weeks later the hard-rocking Kings of Chaos super band will roll into town. Make sure you lock up your daughters – this band features members of Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Velvet Revolver and Collective Soul all rolled into one.

They will play for two nights at the Grand Arena on June7 and 8.
Four weeks later the queens of old school dance will be in the Cape – CeCe Peniston, Robin S and Sybil will play the Grand Arena as part of the ‘International Soul Divas’ tour. Their hits include ‘Show Me Love’, ‘We’ve Got a Love Thang’ and ‘When I’m Good and Ready’ and are guaranteed dance floor fillers. The show will be one night only on July 6.

Word on the street is that 1980s songbird Bonnie Tyler is coming to the Cape in September…and don’t forget Rihanna’s spring concert at the Cape Town Stadium in October.
My feet hurt just thinking about all the shows! Make sure you snap pics of the stars when you see them and send to us at the Next 48 Hours office on editor@48hours.co.za

A benefit concert was held for the family of the late Ronnie Joyce last week. Renowned vocalist Sophia Foster arranged the show after she attended Joyce’s funeral in January.
She was saddened at the sight of funeral-goers stepping over unmarked graves during the service and was determined to fund the costs of a tombstone for her long time friend.
During her interview with me she stressed that dignity was critical and called her friends Zayn Adam, Alistair Izobell, Vicky Sampson and Terry Fortune.

Foster referenced Robbie Jansen several times during our chat, stressing that musicians deserve dignity while they’re alive, but also during ill health and after death.
R11000 was raised during the show and will pay for the tombstone and other funeral expenses. RIP Ronnie Joyce.

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