Paige sings ‘Her Blues’ away

2018-05-15 06:00
Be captivated by the blues.

Be captivated by the blues.

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The blues has always been about a shared experience. In Her Blues, Luna Paige shares her affinity for the ladies in this genre. She performs some of the most famous songs and shares anecdotes about the women in blues who sang them. Her Blues is about women in the music industry, their stories, their accomplishments, their struggles and how they paved the way for successful female stars who today grace some of the biggest stages in the world.

Paige is known as one of SA’s strongest female vocalists. She performs as lead vocalist in this show, which marks the first time she is doing a full-blown blues show.

She takes the audience on a journey from as early as the 1920s when the blues found its roots in the cotton fields and churches. She ventures into the raunchy gin bars where naughty blues was prevalent, and singers weren’t scared to push boundaries and break ties with traditional perceptions on womanhood. Songs like “Don’t You Feel My Leg” by Blu Lu Baker and “If I Can’t Sell It!” by Ruth Brown come to mind.

Famous blues and jazz-influenced tunes by singers such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Aretha Franklin can be enjoyed while time travelling through the 1920s right up to the 1950s when females became lead singers and managers for all-male big bands.

The cast will also transport blues lovers into the 1960s, when social and political activists such as Nina Simone made an impact on the blues and jazz scenes and wrote songs about social issues such as racial and sexual inequality. And one can’t forget the groundbreaking Janis Joplin! Blues-rock fans can also look forward to songs by modern singer-songwriters who were all influenced by the legendary blues women from the past. Songs by artists such as Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot, Beth Hart and Amy Winehouse can be expected. Paige herself introduces one of her own blues tunes in the show.

What becomes evident during the show is the universal theme that trails through these female singers’ music and how these blues-inspired women used their music to make social commentary, to break rules, to promote feminism and to rebel against societal constructs that oppress minorities. Many of the early blues artists dropped out of the music scene for decades, only to resurface and make comebacks after the introduction of the rock ’n roll era. Some became nurses, housewives and activists while a few shared a less fortunate and tragic fate. Either way, these women had a lot to say and they made damn sure they said it.

Don’t miss this celebration of good music and blues by some of Western Cape’s top musicians. The show is directed by Richard H Nosworthy and the musical director is Simon Orange. Kevin Gibson (drums) and Sean Sanby (double bass) form the groovy rhythm section. Michael Bester plays the guitar while Zeke le Grange (sax), Marco Maritz (trumpet) and Siya Charles (trombone) form the fabulous horn section. Adelia Douw backs Paige on vocals. Footage from the past will be shown on a projector screen throughout the duration of the show and will help transport any blues lover to a time we all wish we could have experienced firsthand.

The Her Blues cast is quite fittingly sponsored by locally crafted ClemenGold gin.

On Saturday 19 May the show opens in Stellenbosch. This will be a celebration of not only the debut of the show but also of ClemenGold gin. After the official launch the show will head out to Bonnievale, Cape Town and Durbanville. Residents of surrounding areas such as Swartland, Overberg and Klein Karoo are all welcome to drive out and attend these shows.

V To find out more about Her Blues ticket sales in your area, follow Iluminar Productions on Facebook or visit their website at www.iluminarproductions.co.za.

The blues has always been about a shared experience. In Her Blues, Luna Paige shares her affinity for the ladies in this genre. She performs some of the most famous songs and shares anecdotes about the women in blues who sang them. Her Blues is about women in the music industry, their stories, their accomplishments, their struggles and how they paved the way for successful female stars who today grace some of the biggest stages in the world.

Paige is known as one of SA’s strongest female vocalists. She performs as lead vocalist in this show, which marks the first time she is doing a full-blown blues show.

She takes the audience on a journey from as early as the 1920s when the blues found its roots in the cotton fields and churches. She ventures into the raunchy gin bars where naughty blues was prevalent, and singers weren’t scared to push
boundaries.

Songs like “Don’t You Feel My Leg” by Blu Lu Baker and “If I Can’t Sell It!” by Ruth Brown come to mind.

Famous blues and jazz-influenced tunes by singers such as
Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Aretha Franklin can be enjoyed while time travelling through the 1920s right up to the 1950s when females became lead singers and managers for all-male big bands. The cast will also transport blues lovers into the 1960s, when social and political activists such as Nina Simone made an impact on the blues and jazz scenes and wrote songs about social issues such as racial and sexual inequality. And one can’t forget the groundbreaking Janis Joplin! Blues-rock fans can also look forward to songs by modern singer-songwriters who were all influenced by the legendary blues women from the past. Songs by artists such as Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot, Beth Hart and Amy Winehouse can be expected.

V To find out more about Her Blues ticket sales in your area, follow Iluminar Productions on Facebook or visit their website at www.iluminarproductions.co.za.

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