After five sold out shows, Divos is back and bigger than before. The new instalment, set to take place at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino on Saturday, October 25 at 8pm, will feature international 1980s sensation Phil Fearon, The Black Ties, Garth Taylor, Mario Ogle, Alistair Izobell, Nur Abrahams and MC Brandon Leigh.
Phil Fearon is a Jamaican multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer who in the late 1970s was a mainstay of hit group Kandidate. Fearon’s first recording as part of 1980s hit makers Galaxy was ‘Head Over Heels’ on Ensign in 1982, which became a club hit.
The first success came with the Top 5 hit ‘Dancing Tight’ in 1983 and over the next 15 months they chalked up a further four UK Top 40 singles including Top 10s ‘What Do I Do’ and ‘Everybody’s Laughing’. Their radio-friendly pop/soul debut album ‘Phil Fearon & Galaxy’ also made the Top 10 in 1984 and is still played on Heart 104.9FM and a host of other radio stations in South Africa.
Fearon returned to performing as a special guest at the Caister Soul Weekender in May 2010, and has since continued to appear at 1980s soul nights and various festivals around the UK and abroad.
The Black Ties are Chad Saaiman, Keeno Lee and Lloyd Jansen. The group has received SAMA Nominations and Metro FM Awards and performed with Grammy nominated R&B superstar Tevin Campbell on the ‘Divos’ 2013 show.
Garth Taylor’s reputation as a live performer earned him the opportunity to perform with a number of stars including Simply Red, Shaggy, Jonathan Butler and the late Brenda Fassie. A highlight for the artist was performing at Richard Branson’s son’s wedding. Taylor has an impressive array of hits under his belt including ‘Only With You’, ‘Tonight’, the smash country hit duet ‘Islands In The Stream’ and ‘If I Gave You My Soul’ and ‘Home Again’ from his last album ‘Stripped Down, Soul’d Out’. But it was his 1998 hit ‘Why’, off the ‘Without You’ album, which put him on the map, sitting on top of the local charts for seven consecutive weeks and which is considered as one of the classics in the South African songbook.
Mario Ogle is best known for his SAMA-nominated debut album ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’, which was certified gold for sales in excess of 20000 copies. His second album, ‘Superman’ was released soon after and both albums produced several radio hits including ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’, ‘Superman’, ‘All I Do’, ‘Music’, ‘Techno’ Fancy” and many more.
Alistair Izobell a veteran performer whose performance career began when he was five years old and has seen him receive a Sir Laurence Olivier Award.
Nur Abrahams has appeared in a number of theatre and music productions including ‘District 6 The Musical’, ‘Vocal is Lekka’, ‘Radio classics’, ‘Slick Swing’ and ‘Scrooge’.
Divos shows have hosted over 18000 fans over over concerts.
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