Chameleon is colour­ful, ver­sa­tile

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT -

ONE won­ders if Chris Chameleon chose his stage name be­cause he liked it or be­cause of his ver­sa­til­ity, which has re­sulted in con­stant change and re­newal. His CV cer­tainly in­di­cates that the lat­ter would have been ap­pro­pri­ate.

As South African as boere­wors and bobotie, Chameleon has been in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try since 1992 when he used to be lead singer and bass gui­tarist for the band Boo! but since they broke up has been a solo artiste.

He is in­no­va­tive and cre­ative, with a style of his own, an ir­re­sistible stage per­son­al­ity and a four-oc­tave voice that has earned him rave re­views and nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing two SAMAs and a medal of hon­our from the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences. Boo! also re­ceived a SAMA for best pop al­bum.

Chameleon has per­formed in many parts of Europe, Amer­ica and Aus­tralia plus at Euro­pean and Amer­i­can mu­sic fes­ti­vals.

He has done many of his own com­po­si­tions in­clud­ing us­ing the po­etry of iconic 1960s poet In­grid Jonker, mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble to a much wider au­di­ence.

His tal­ents lie not only in mu­sic. Chameleon has also acted in sev­eral TV shows and movies. Last year he toured Bel­gium and the Nether­lands, where he also took part in a movie. His pro­duc­tion ‘Droom­land’ with the South Cape Chil­dren’s Choir won an award for best mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion. Ver­sa­til­ity con­tin­ues – he has fea­tured in Heat and GQ mag­a­zines and been listed in the top 10 best-dressed male celebri­ties. He will per­form at the Queens Ho­tel on Fri­day, July 24.

CHRIS CHAMELEON

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