Mango’s back in the groove

2010-04-03 11:43

‘LET’S have a party and pretend everything is brilliant – because it often is and South Africa has seen its worst,” says Claire Johnston, the lead singer in that legendary band Mango Groove.

She should know this – her band is known for providing the country with apt soundtracks through its darkest and most triumphant moments of hope.

They are about to do it again with a new album Bang The Drum.

The newly released CD comes after a 14-year layoff. Johnston says though they’ve been off the radar the band never broke up.

They’ve actually been playing at smaller private gigs here and there.

The 16 tracks that make up their new offering are about to remind South Africans of “their capacity to overcome the worst”.

Just as Special Star and Another Country captured the spirit of their time. She says though some of the original members of the band, which was established in 1985, have passed on, the band “is feeling better than ever.”

The 10-plus member ensemble takes to the road from tomorrow as they embark on their first ­national tour in 14 years. 

Catch Mango Groove ­performing on the following dates and venues:

-?April 5: The Port Elizabeth’s Splash Festival, PE Beachfront 2pm

-?April 11: Old Mutual Music at the Lake Series, Durban Botanical Gardens, Durban 2.30pm

-?April 17: Spier Wine Estate, Cape Town 3pm

-?April 18: Old Mutual Encounters Series, Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens 4.30pm

-?May 1: Thabazimbi Expo 7pm
-?May 29: Big Top Arena, Carnival City, ­Johannesburg 8pm

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