Music, comedy and game shows come together at Suidoosterfees

Music, comedy and game shows come together at Suidoosterfees

‘Musiek Legendes Roulette’ is a musical showcase that will have its debut at the Suidoosterfees this weekend.
This year’s festival has as its theme “Legends.” With this in mind, the creative team at GANARAMA Productions thought it fitting to put ‘Musiek Legendes Roulette’ together.
Imagine a huge roulette wheel in the middle of the stage with game show hostess Bonnita, played by award-winning actress Quanita Adams, in a live TV-like game show, accompanied by her sidekick, Boeta Rajee – poached from another fictitious TV show, ‘Let’s Mix It’, played by Gary Naidoo.

They spin the wheel and where the wheel stops we learn about legendary artists who may have passed on, but who live on in their music. Think of artists like Prince, Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, George Michael, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Nat King Cole…the list goes on.
Under the direction of Mammon, audiences are invited to witness local singing sensations Celest, Jon-E and Zolani Shangase along with Adams and Naidoo, pay a fitting tribute to their music. Who knows? You might even laugh a little, cry a little…even win a little prize. The only way to find out is to go along and play along with these music theatre stalwarts. “Come laugh in Afrikaans and sing in English,” says Mammon.
‘Musiek Legendes Roulette’ is sold out on Saturday, 29 April at 5.30pm. Tickets are only available for Sunday, 30 April.

We caught up with Mammon and Naidoo on the eve of festivities.

Where did the idea for ‘Musiek Legendes Roulette’ come from?
MAMMON: It’s something I have thought about doing for a long time – a “live” TV game show type thing in which we honour and pay tribute to music legends that aren’t with us anymore. “They might pass on, but never will their music die” – that kind of thing. Something where an audience can play along; maybe even win some cash, while listening to local and interntional music legends, as performed by consumate local singers. I then saw the great big roulette wheel in my head, and each number on the wheel goes together with a legend…and Bob’s your uncle. It’s almost like TV’s ‘Noot vir Noot’ meets ‘Musiek Roulette’ – on a stage.

You are a specialist when it comes to these kinds of productions where music and comedy dovetail. What do you enjoy most about performing in these kinds of shows?
NAIDOO: Music and comedy speaks to my soul. Music for me is the best form of communication and one of the best ways for me to express myself. From a young age I loved entertaining people, and it usually happened through the combo of music and comedy and now, as a grownup child, nothing has changed. I adore making people love and also touching their souls with a bit of singing, as corny as that might sound. It’s that simple. Throw the two together and I’m in heaven.

Tickets are R95 at Computicket.