D-Seven — the real deal

2010-09-14 00:00

WHEN most  people think of  male a capella (voice only) groups, the first thought that comes to mind is a bunch of tuxedo-clad guys singing classical tunes.

Enter D-Seven, a bold new ensemble from Cape Town, who have turned the stereotype on its head. The seven-piece vocal group favour fitted jeans, slick moves and music by some of the hottest bands on the block.

With hits including Faith, Stand By Me, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Pata Pata and medleys of music­ made famous by Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys, Goldfish and Justin Timberlake, among others­, D-Seven promise to be one of the hits of this year’s Witness Hilton Arts Festival.

Fresh  from a  successful  run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown­, where it managed to secure a Standard Bank Ovation Award for being one of the top 36 shows in more than 600 productions, D-Seven has also performed to crowds at Rocking the Daisies­, at the Artscape Theatre and On Broadway, and has appeared on stage with Arno Carstens, Louise Carver and Goldfish­.

In her review for Cue newspaper in Grahamstown, Lynn Berggren said: “D-Seven equals seven good-looking guys, seven microphones and one stage. There is no doubt that an electrifying, unique and yes, sexy experience is sure to follow.

“Rendering songs from Coldplay to the Manhattans and even Josh Groban, these guys perform with such precision that it makes you wonder if there isn’t a full instrumental band hiding behind the stage. To prove to the audience that they were not faking it and lip synching, they put down their mics and performed a couple of songs right in front of the audience, unplugged. Needless to say, they were the real deal.”

D-seven’s members include Patrick Craig (baritone and beat box), Graham Hildyard (baritone), Shiraz Jogee (tenor), Scott Lee-Jones (tenor), Francois Swart (double bass), Stephen Jubber (tenor), Dylan Martin (tenor), Eugene Gouws­ (tenor), Chad Zerf (baritone) and Nathan Groener (tenor).

Catch them live in D-Seven: The Freshest in A Capella at The Witness Hilton Arts Festival at 6.30 pm on Friday and at 8.30 pm on Saturday in the Hilton College Theatre.

Tickets are R95.

For more details and to book, phone 033 383 0126 or log on to www.hiltonfestival.co.za for the full programme and booking kit.

Programmes are also available at selected Spar stores, bookshops, theatre foyers and tourism information offices.

• To get a taste of what D-Seven sounds like, visit their website here.

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