Uniting for Women’s Day

2016-07-12 06:05
Thembeka Mnguni of The Voice SA fame is one of the divas performing at this year’s concert.

Thembeka Mnguni of The Voice SA fame is one of the divas performing at this year’s concert.

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An all-star line-up of some of South Africa’s top female vocalists will be celebrating Women’s Day in style at the Grand Arena on Tuesday 9 August.

Divas Unite 2016, a spectacular annual benefit concert, will feature leading songstresses Thembeka Mnguni, Rouchelle Liedemann, Adelia Douw, Kim Kallie, Judy Page, Magdalene Minnaar, Lynelle Kenned and seven-time SAMA-nominated girl band, BlackByrd.

“Following the success of the first Divas Unite concert presented in the Cape Town City Hall last year, we are delighted that GrandWest came on board this year,” says event producer, Barbara Lenhard.

“In the true spirit of togetherness and unity, this gives us the wonderful opportunity to raise funds for two charitable organisations and pay tribute to South Africa’s exceptional women in an even bigger way with an amazing selection of incredible singers and musicians.”

And what a selection they are. Thembeka Mnguni recently captured the hearts of South African TV audiences when she was selected as one of the finalists of The Voice SA. She was the first talent who had three coaches turn their chairs during her blind audition and she also landed an exclusive recording contract.

Acclaimed soprano, Magdalene Minnaar, was invited to share the stage with international superstar, Josh Groban, and in March this year, TV presenter and soprano, Lynelle Kenned, walked away with a prestigious Fleur du Cap Award for her performance as Maria in West Side Story. Adelia Douw, the young jazz songstress from Cape Town, who won the Open Mic Jazz Competition last year, is another star in the making.

A new addition to the concert this year will be performances by the winner and all finalists of the first Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition. The new talent search, open to young female singers between ages eight and 18, was hosted at the V&A Waterfront in June where the remarkably talented, Dirja Lekas, from Strand was crowned as the “Young Diva 2016”.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by an all-female Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Divas Unite Choir and newly found violin duo, The Grey. The conductor will be Brandon Phillips and the show will be compèred by award-winning TV presenter, Katlego Maboe.

In support of women in need, a percentage of ticket sales will benefit the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children in Athlone, as well as Project Flamingo which supports breast cancer patients in the public health sector. V Tickets for Divas Unite 2016 cost between R180 and R220 or R120 for children between the ages of six and 12 and are available at Computicket.

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