Singing car guard to have first concert

2013-03-14 14:55

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Alen Abrahams, the car guard who shot to fame when his YouTube videos went viral, is to have his first concert later this month.

Abrahams and guest artists James Bhemgee Karen Kortje, Lloyd Cele and Melissa Allison will take to the stage on 22 March 2012 in the 4 000-seater auditorium of the His People Centre at N1 City in Cape Town.

Abrahams was discovered three weeks ago when his YouTube hits Meisie, Ek het Stinkblaaie, Pam, Kerrie en Dissie Ekkie went viral – and 500 000 people watched the videos in just two weeks.

Soprano-voiced Abrahams (31) from impoverished Kalksteenfontein on the Cape Flats became an overnight sensation.

“Cape Town’s very own Michael Jackson” and “a Welsh choir boy” are some of the compliments heaped on Abrahams. He adds local flavour to international hits like Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire (Ek het Stinkblaaie). Michael Jackson’s Bad becomes Pam, a song about Cape Town transvestites, and Will You Be There gets spiced up as Kerrie, a song about a household too poor to have meat in its curry.

At the concert, Abrahams will be backed up by musical director Camillo Lombard’s Orchestra.

He is set to perform his YouTube hits, as well as some brand-new songs.

The organisers, Lifestyle Events International, dubbed the show Searching for Alen after hearing about the lengths to which acclaimed music producer Gabi le Roux went to track Alen down after first seeing his YouTube videos.

» Tickets range from R115 – R165 and are available from Computicket

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