City Press 30: MarcAlex light a love fire

2012-03-02 11:44

To celebrate thirty years of City Press, we feature gems from our archive.

Brothers MarcAlex’s dazzling stage show at Sun City last weekend established them as artists who can make both Sandton and Soweto dance to their music.

Destined to become a hit across the spectrum, and more artists should take a leaf from the MarcAlex’s book.

They have shown that South Africa’s musical reservoir goes deeper than the toyi-toyi! The show saw red roses substitute beer cans and cigarettes as hundreds of lovers, young and old, black and white, swayed and rocked at the outrageous “Love Party”.

Let’s hand it to them: MarcAlex were nowhere these past five years, but now their music has suddenly become a force that unites people.

Their lyrics – about the human experience of love and hurt – strike the right chord in people’s hearts.

Although pop groups Outland, Slam Factory and Little Sister seemed preoccupied with prodding the audience into life – “are you having a party or what?” MarcAlex easily got the crowds moving with their first song, Heart-breaking Love.

Their professional and thrilling choreography was boosted by infectious saxophone sounds from veteran Kelly Petlane.
The haunting melody My Love, My Everything was the highlight of the evening and saw lovers embrace. I was moved to see skin brushing skin.

By contrast, the fire-eating theatrical gimmicks of Slam Factory seemed dull and crass. They certainly failed to impress the audience who wanted music and not a circus show.

Little Sister do have a strong stage presence and full marks must go to raunchy lead vocalist Debbi Lonman who is full of vigour.

The local music industry would be greatly enhanced however if she moved away from songs with an exclusively white appeal.

Should she not perhaps consider a singing career alongside MarcAlex?

That would complete the cross-over complexion of the group!

– City Press, February 23, 1992

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