Cito’s popular Spanish duo El Cantante with Martin Schofield will return to the Jozi stage for three consecutive Wednesday evening performances from October 29.
The Spanish duo have joined forces with the Aficionado Pop-Up Bar in Sandton and will be the restaurant’s entertainment of choice for three consecutive Wednesday evenings from October 29 to November 12.
WIth El Cantante (the singer), Cito has head back to his Puerto Rican roots, performing his unique acoustic versions of the Spanish classics that he grew up listening to. Guitarist extraordinaire, Martin Schofield joins him once again on guitar.
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’).
Audiences have been captivated by ‘Desperado’-style performance of the music.
Cito was born in Los Angeles and most of his childhood was spent in an Hispanic community in Queens, New York City. Both parents influenced Cito 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 frontman of multi award-winning rock band, WONDERboom; now in their 18th year on the local music scene. In recent years, Cito has diversified his performance persona with his portrayal of Jesus in the hit musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’; Frederick Trumper in ‘Chess – The Musical’ and more recently in being the frontline vocalist singing Queen’s music in ‘Bovim Ballet’s Queen at the Ballet’.
Performing alongside Cito in El Cantante is 12-time SAMA nominee Martin Schofield – 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 nature of our El Cantante performances ideally suit the intimate restaurant set-up which we’ve seen time and again. We believe Aficionado Pop-Up Bar will rock and we look forward to performing to a whole new audience at this elegant venue,” says Cito.
Set up specifically for a limited time period to welcome Ron Zacapa Rum into the South African market, Aficionado Pop-Up Bar is bringing this experience to Sandton, in the most luxurious Pop-Up Bar in town until November 28 only.
* Performances will be at 7.30pm on the evenings.
Advanced bookings are recommended, and can be done at www.aficionadorbar.co.za/, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.