Girl group is going big
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.
The Cool Britannia Football Party is at the convention centre for the duration of the World Cup. All day/night passes cost R400. See www.coolbritanniasa.com. Tickets from Computicket on 083 915 8000 or www.computicket.com