Mesmerising vocal mastery

2012-01-27 00:00

NEXT up at the Red Door on Tuesday is ­Durban-based pianist and vocalist Shannon Hope. Supporting her will be well-known Maritzburg musician and teacher Hector Houston (fondly known to local audiences as “Hex”), who will be playing with Jabu, an original artist who will be performing an interesting selection of African love songs. Hex and Jabu are currently working on ­recording a CD. Come along and be entertained.

Hope is currently promoting her ­much-anticipated second album Fight A New Day, which was released on October 31 last year.

The Kawai-endorsed artist was awarded the 2011 Standard Bank Ovation Award for her performances at the National Arts ­Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year, in recognition of “artistic innovation, ­excellence, the exploration of new performance styles and the courage to open new conversations through the arts”, an honour she shared with the likes of Chris Chameleon at this year’s festival.

Tugging on South African heart strings since her debut solo release in 2009 with her intriguingly powerful heart songs, she has earned a reputation as one of the ­hardest-touring, self-managed solo artists on the national circuit, delivering an intensely honest, personal commentary in a vocal epic that has mesmerised audiences countrywide.

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