Renowned singer Cito and guitarist extraordinaire Martin Rocka Martin Rocka will return to Bellgables Country Restaurant for another special ‘El Cantante’ event on Friday October 11, due to popular demand.
“I am extremely overwhelmed by the amazing response we’ve had with ‘El Cantante’ at the beautiful Bellgables,” saysh Cito. “With the first two nights selling out so quickly in August, I certainly felt that expectations were high. Thankfully, the experience exceeded my expectations and ‘El Cantante’ at Bellgables has to be the best intimate performance I’ve ever enjoyed. The fantastic setting, the glorious food, the highly responsive crowd; unforgettable! Can’t wait to do it again.”
With ‘El Cantante’ Cito heads back to his Puerto Rican roots, performing his unique acoustic versions of the Spanish classics that he grew up listening to. The rhythms and styles of bolero, tango, mambo, tejano, mariachi and traditional folklorica are included in the musical line-up, highlighting traditional favourites from countries including Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and others.
Pop favourites presented in Cito’s unique arrangements include ‘Cielito Lindo’, ‘La Bamba’, ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘Carnaval’, ‘Cancion del Mariachi’, ‘En Mi Viejo San Juan’, ‘El Cuarto de Tula’, ‘Mi Tierra’ (Gloria Estefan) and ‘Sobrevivire’ (I Will Survive).
Cito was born in Los Angeles, California and most of his childhood was spent in an Hispanic community in Queens, New York City. Both parents influenced him with their musical abilities – especially his Puerto Rican mother who sang and played Spanish guitar.
Now living in South Africa since his teens, Cito is best known as the front man of the multi award-winning rock band WONDERboom; currently celebrating their 17th year on the local music scene.
Showcasing his diversity in recent years, Cito has had media and audiences alike raving at his heart-stopping portrayal of Jesus in the hit musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’; ‘Chess – The Musical’ and more recently singing Queen’s music in Bovim Ballet’s ‘Queen at the Ballet’.
Performing alongside Cito in El Cantante is 12-time SAMA nominee Martin Rocka – founding member, alongside Cito, of WONDERboom, and has notched up many other accolades including most recently being the MD of the 2012 SAMA Awards as well as Idols SA Season 8.
The cost of R495 per person includes a 4-course gourmet meal specially prepared by Chef Patron Errol Gobey as well as the musical performance. In association with Villiera Wines and Domaine Grier of France, a specially put together wine list of the wines best suited for each course, will be available for purchase on the evening.
Arrival time is at 7pm and advanced bookings are essential as its expected this evening will sell out ahead of time, as the first two did.
* To book, call 082 551 8855, or 087 941 3286; or send an email to email@example.com.
An “optional extra” is the specially discounted rate organised with neighbours Heia Safari Ranch especially for these performances, for those guests wanting to organise a weekend away including accommodation and the ‘El Cantante’ evening at Bellgables.
Usually at R800 per person, Heia Safari Lodge are offering two specials for El Cantante/Bellgables guests over this specific weekend only – spend one night at the ranch for just R575 per person sharing, bed and breakfast, or spend two nights and only pay R450 per person sharing per night, bed and breakfast.
For those wanting to stay over in their Bungalows having a dam view, that fee would be R645 per person sharing per night, bed and breakfast.
To enjoy these discounts – which qualify for this weekend only if booked in conjunction with the restaurant/music evening – book directly at 011 919 5000, quoting El Cantante/Bellgables.
For more information on Heia Safari Ranch, visit www.heia-safari.co.za.