Whatever happened to Tevin Campbell?

Whatever happened to Tevin Campbell?
By Ian Bredenkamp

By Ian Bredenkamp

Prime Circle is a much loved on the SA music scene and left the country this past week for an international tour. In true style, they wanted to go bigger and better and are touring Europe with U.S. hit rock band 3 Doors Down. The American alternative rock band is travelling with their Greatest Hits tour and best known for their chart topper ‘Here Without You’ –  it hit no.1 on the US charts in 2003. Nice feather in Prime Circle’s cap – they were handpicked to be the support act for the European leg of the 3 Doors Down tour that includes stops in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Prime Circle won several SAMAs at the recent ceremony for their new album ‘Evidence’ and will be back in SA soon – catch them next time they’re in the Cape for a cool rock experience.

Speaking of tours, do you remember the concerts at the 3 Arts Theatre in Plumstead? I have fond memories of seeing ZZ Top and Skunk Anansie play there. I missed the INXS concert (supported by the Springbok Nude Girls) and didn’t see Tevin Campbell either. I have friends who fondly recall Tevin’s two sell-out nights there with legions of fans singing along to his hits ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ and ‘Can We Talk’. Good news for Tevin fans: he is coming back to the Cape! Supported by Jimmy Nevis, Chad Saaiman and Emo Adams, Tevin Campbell will perform in Divos 2013 at the Grand Arena, Grand West on July 28.

Tevin was a huge star in the 1990s. After working with Quincy Jones, Prince and featuring on the soundtrack to ‘Boyz in the Hood’, he released his album ‘T.E.V.I.N.’ which saw phenomenal double-platinum sales. Two years later he topped charts again with ‘I’m Ready’. In the 1990s most of us owned Tevin Campbell music…mostly on a pirated cassette or a mixtape made by a girlfriend…and you loved it regardless. But what on earth ever happened to Tevin Campbell? After his second solo album he took a break and eventually moved into the world of TV and stage: He featured in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, ‘Moesha’ and appeared on the soundtrack of ‘A Goofy Movie’. Tevin eventually cracked Broadway starring in the hit musical ‘Hairspray’. Don’t miss him in Divos 2013 at Grand West.

For the Jazz fans, make sure you get your tickets for The Manhattan Transfer. The American jazz group will be in Cape Town for one night only on September 3 at the Grand Arena. They’ve been playing since the late 1970s and have won four Grammys in the categories of Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group.

* Book at Computicket for these concerts.