Palesa peforms at Picnic Pops

2016-11-22 06:00
Palesa Malieloa

Palesa Malieloa

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“Seduction, elegance, excitement and lots of energy.”

Those are the elements Rondebosch soprano Palesa Malieloa will be bringing to the stage when she performs at this year’s Nederburg Picnic Pops.

The annual sunset concert, which takes place on Saturday, gives local rising stars the opportunity to share the stage with big names and the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Palesa will join Afrikaans singer, Refentse Morake, who took South African music fans by storm after a video of him performing in his own driveway went viral and landed him a recording contract.

The two will be joined by the Kenmere Primary School Choir, the winner of this year’s GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition Austin-Lee Jacobs (20), young classical pianist Qden Blaauw (12) who was the first musician from Africa to be chosen to attend the Allianz Music Camp in Poland and Dirja Lekas (12) who won the Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition in June. Also on the line-up is the The Grey, a violin duo made up of Donné de Kock (22) and Ellani de Jager (23).

At 24, Palesa will be one of the oldest performers on stage, aside from conductor Stefan Lombard and RSG-presenter Sue Pyler, who will be the MC for the show. Her age comes with a great deal of classical experience though.

The former Cape Town Opera singer knocked the socks off the judges to win this year’s ATKV Muziqanto Competition in September.

But her list of highlights doesn’t end there.

Palesa travelled to France and Scotland where she had the opportunity to perform in the chorus for a production of Cosi fan tutte by Mozart, one of her favourite composers.

She also performed for Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and won the Philip H. Moore Music Competition in 2014. She ends her list with: “Being able to work with amazing voice teachers who always push me.”

In fact, it was her high school choir conductor who first spotted her potential and encouraged Palesa to enter competitions as a soloist.

“My love of being on stage grew bigger and bigger.”

Palesa says she’s excited and honoured to be part of Nederburg Picnic Pops.

“This is just what I needed: being on stage more.”

She’ll follow her performance on the lawns of the Nederburg wine estate with a “a few concerts” and “preparing for upcoming competitions”. Palesa is also working on a new project titled Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair.

The Nederburg Picnic Pops sunset concert starts at 18:00 on Saturday 26 November, but gates will be open from 16:00 already, giving concert-goers the chance to find a perfect picnic spot and enjoy selected Nederburg wines and soft drinks.

Picnic hampers can also be ordered from The Red Table Restaurant on 021 877 5155 at R195 per person. V Tickets for the concert cost R100 from or at the gate on the day and children aged 12 and younger can enjoy the show for free. WIN! WIN! WIN! V Five readers can each win double tickets to enjoy the concert. SMS the word “Nederburg”, followed by your name and email address to 45527 before 12:00 onThursday 24 November to enter. SMSes cost R1.50.


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