Madiba magic, an Elton John classic, a side-splitting appearance by The Flooze and a moving performance by our latest Idol – all this and more went down a treat in a feast of local music lapped up by 5 000 delighted spectators.
The occasion was Skouspel Plus, the venue Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino and the line-up looked like the who’s who of local entertainment. Brandon October, Jennifer Jones, Heinz Winckler and Elvis Blue were all there – as was Kurt Darren, who soldiered on despite splitting his lip after tripping over cables backstage.
As a spectacular full moon rose Brandon, Jennifer, Heinz, Kurt and Jay from Eden delivered a gooseflesh-inducing rendition of Elton John’s Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.
And there were lumps in many throats in the audience when Jennifer Jones and several members of the South African Youth Choir dedicated two songs to Madiba.
Actor and singer Emo Adams had the crowd in stitches with his usual blend of irreverent humour – but probably the funniest moment of the evening was provided by Sorina Erasmus, aka 7de Laan’s The Flooze.
She arrived in full Flooze mode, making her way through the audience and kissing several omies (aging men) as she headed to the stage where she introduced herself as the Witbank Flooze – and for the benefit of non-Afrikaans speakers translated that to the “White Couch Flooze”.
Last year’s Idols winner, Elvis Blue, sang his hit song, Things My Father Said, while his wife, Chireze, and baby daughter, Lali, supported him in the wings.
As with any live performance there were a few behind-the-scenes hiccups. Apart from Kurt’s unfortunate bleeding mouth, the show’s director and producer, Jannie Pretorius, was nursing two broken elbows.
He fell over chairs backstage during a dress rehearsal but, like Kurt, his motto is also “the show must go on”.
After a couple of cortisone injections he was again his old self, barking orders and directing the crew to “sort this out” and “do that again”.
The crowd loved the evening. “It was unbelievable,” Ilse Engelbrecht said on Facebook. “I still get gooseflesh just thinking about it.”
Gerzelda Cooper flew all the way from Saudi Arabia for the show. “I enjoyed it lots,” she said. “It was worth flying in.”
And keeping the fans happy is what it’s all about.