“I love being on the stage and I’m very excited to bring my show to South Africa”. So says music legend Alison Moyet. Speaking from Manchester, Moyet says South Africa has been on her wish list for some time, but has only recently been fulfilled. “My daughter just returned from a gaming conference in your country and she hasn’t stopped talking about it. Now I’m even more excited for my visit.”
Moyet is in the middle of a whirlwind tour of Europe before heading to America and then South Africa, for three concerts, in December. Her first new album in a decade, “The Minutes”, has seen rave reviews and her supporting tour has surprised even her critics.
Moyet originally formed 1980s electronic pop outfit Yazoo with Vince Clarke in England. Yazoo went on to have a string of chart toppers (‘Don’t Go’, ‘Only You’) and is considered to br one of the most influential bands of that decade. They released two studio albums in 1983 – ‘Upstairs at Eric’s’ and ‘You and Me Both’ – before splitting up. Clarke went on to create the wildly successful Depeche Mode and Erasure. Moyet stayed solo and saw success with songs including ‘All Cried Out’, ‘Is This Love’ and ‘Weak in the Presence of Beauty’. She and Clarke reunited as Yazoo only once for a brief tour in 2008.
Fast forward to 2013: Moyet hasn’t strayed far from her roots and the new album and tour are electronic, pop, bluesy, alternative all mixed into one.
“It’s not tribute show,” jokes Moyet, “and I’m not all tits and teeth. I’m touring a concert that sees music from ‘The Minutes’ album, my solo work and some Yazoo.”
The European press, not known for mincing worlds, have given Moyet’s return to pop the thumbs up. From Cardiff to Amsterdam, Manchester to Paris, the reviews have been consistent: the tour is fresh, relevant and compelling. Alison Moyet remains a force to be reckoned with on the live music circuit.
* Moyet will perform in concert on Sunday December 15 at the Liqui-Fruit Amphitheatre in Paarl, as part of the Cultivaria Festival.
Tickets are available from Computicket.