Alistair’s jolling for festive season

2016-11-30 12:33
Alistair Izobell (front centre) is ready to rock the festive season at the Baxter with, from left, Tyrone Marinus (guitar), Franco Mannel (bass guitar), Donvino Prins (sax and musical director), Jason Ward (percussion), Keith de Bruyn (drums) and Nur Abrahams (vocals).

Alistair Izobell (front centre) is ready to rock the festive season at the Baxter with, from left, Tyrone Marinus (guitar), Franco Mannel (bass guitar), Donvino Prins (sax and musical director), Jason Ward (percussion), Keith de Bruyn (drums) and Nur Abrahams (vocals). (Gary van Dyk)

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When it comes to musical entertainment in the Cape Alistair Izobell is always in the mood to make music.

For the festive season this year he is once again taking to the stage at the Baxter in Rondebosch where he will be telling the story of Cape Town through music with his latest production, Kaapse Jol, which opens with previews on Thursday and runs until 14 January.

“The musical history of the Cape has been an integral part of my life,” he says. “Working with some of the legends over the years I’ve learnt such a lot about the history of the styles of music in the Cape and I think that it is time that we celebrate those influences and the people who made it.

“The history of this music goes back to the days when the first ship carrying slaves arrived on these shores from Indonesia, Malaysia and Java, through to the present day.

“The Khoisan, who originated from Krotoa, the flower sellers in Adderley Street, the hawkers who visit the suburbs selling their veggies, the little Indian corner shops and the fishmongers who blow their horns once a week in the local neighbourhoods, and many others, will all make an appearance in this production.

“By understanding our history, we will have better perspective and a better understanding of who we are as a people.”

Izobell is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost artists, producers and musical directors, having started his career at age seven.

He performed in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s Kat and the Kings, which earned him and the cast the Laurence Olivier Best Actor in a Musical award. He was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

He has become one of the leading music figures in the province, and in recent years he has impressed audiences with productions such as Kaapse Musiek in Colour 2, Kaapse Stoep Stories and Just Me – Net So and, most recently, Remembering the Lux.

The driving force behind the production is the band that he has assembled under the direction of sax man Donvino Prins.

It includes Franco Mannel (bass guitar), Grandall Vlotman (keyboards), Yvan Potts (keyboards), Keith de Bruyn (drums), Jason Ward (percussion), Tyrone Marinus (guitar) and Robin Fassie (trumpet).

On the vocal side of things he once again teams up with Nur Abrahams and Giempie Vardien who were also seen in Remembering the Lux at the Baxter, which played to sold-out audiences.

This production marks the first time that he will be working with 2009 Idols winner Sasha Lee Davids and Madeegha Anders, who returns to the Baxter stage after many years, having starred in the very first season of District Six, The Musical back in the 1980s.

“This is the exciting side of this production,” he says. “Audiences will see another side to the talent of Sasha Lee that made her a favourite in Idols and Madeegha has lost none of the class that made her so popular in District Six, The Musical.”

There are previews from Thursday to Monday (tickets from R100) with the official opening on Wednesday 6 December. Performances are at 20:15 from Mondays to Fridays. Saturday matinees are at 17:00, and the evening performance at 20:30. There is also a New Year’s Eve bash when the show starts at 21:00, followed by a party in the foyer with a live band.

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