Girl group is go­ing big

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODVIBES -

in­clud­ing Be Mine Tonight and Five More Min­utes, have notched up high list­ings on lo­cal hit pa­rades. A remix of the ti­tle track sin­gle is mak­ing it big in Ger­many.

The La Vu­VuZela story goes back about seven years, when Taryn Lamb was chill­ing out with a friend at Polana Res­tau­rant in Kalk Bay. A man at an ad­ja­cent ta­ble turned to her and asked: “Are you a singer?”

The man was Unie Moller. Born in Soweto, Moller left the coun­try with his fam­ily when he was seven. He be­came a record pro­ducer in London and has been pro­mot­ing South African artists in­ter na­tion­ally. Moller showed Lamb posters re­lat­ing to Red­dAn­gel – an artist from the Cape Flats – whom he was pro­mot­ing in Europe, and gave her his busi­ness card. A week later, she called him and recorded a sin­gle.

Sing­ing has been a pas­sion since she was a young­ster. When she was 17, her mother en­tered her into Idols, the year that Heinz Win­kler won. She made it to the top 50.

In the in­terim, Moller had been through a tough time. Red­dAn­gel was killed in a car ac­ci­dent and a dev­as­tated Moller re­tired from pro­duc­ing. That changed when he re­con­nected with Lamb and the rest reads like a mu­sic fairy­tale. Moller de­cided that it would be good to put a vo­cal/danc­ing group to­gether. He posted an ad (for sexy girls) on Gumtree, and found Heldsinger and Maker.

La Vu­VuZela came to­gether of­fi­cially in Au­gust last year. Their al­bum, In Stereo, was re­leased in Novem­ber, and they got a copy ready for con­sid­er­a­tion for the Sa­mas, which led to their nom­i­na­tion as best pop group.

The group’s suc­cess in Ger­many oc­curred when a DJ stum­bled upon a clip of In Stereo on MyS­pace. He pumped it on his ra­dio sta­tion and it be­came a hit. And Moller says even big­ger things are in the works.

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