‘Evergreen Tenors’ benefit concert
DETERIORATING health, old age and financial complications will not stop a well-known Cape Town opera singer from dazzling audiences.
Fuad Sawyer, 61, and other musicians will host The Evergreen Tenors benefit concert, with all proceeds going towards the Society for the Blind and to pay Sawyer’s medical bills.
Sawyer was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2015. Prior to his leg being amputated the bills stacked up. This will be the second benefit concert for Sawyer.
“With the assistance of well-known opera diva Aviva Pelham, I was able to raise a benefit concert to cover a percentage of the bill. I looked life straight in the eye and thought to myself that I needed to go on. Life for me has not ended yet,” he said.
Sawyer said he was wheelchair-bound and slowly losing his sight.
“Music is part of me. I can age and go blind but the voice will still be here, so I don’t see the need to stop. I could have easily accepted my fate and just remained in a wheelchair, but that is not me,” Sawyer said.
At a young age, Sawyer expressed a love for singing, and at the age of nine he joined the Eoan Group’s junior choir, where he was classically trained. He sang all over South Africa and internationally.
“Audiences will rub shoulders with local artists, international and ex-Eoan group artists,” he said of the benefit concert.
The Evergreen Tenors benefit concert will be staged on November 11 at the Society for the Blind, Salt River, at 2pm. The venue is wheelchair friendly and easily accessible,” Sawyer said.
The audience will see Nicola Cencherli, James Bhemgee, who won SA’s Got Talent, Ivan Meredith on the piano, Bienyameen Camroodien and many more.
Cencherli said: “Sawyer is a good friend. This reunites the group again, and I am looking forward to performing.”
DETERMINED: Wheelchair-bound Fuad Sawyer is trying to motivate physically challenged people not to give up on themselves.