Lo­cal vo­cals hit right note

New a capella show brings to­gether a va­ri­ety of styles and tal­ents inthe

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODSHOW - ROBYN CO­HEN

FOR THE fes­tive sea­son, Alis­tair Izo­bell and Louk­maan Adams have cooked up a capella show Vo­cal is Lekka. This comes af­ter the two cap­ti­vated au­di­ences with the su­perb This is My Life, which they staged at the Bax­ter. The show fea­tured and tracked the jour­ney of Idols win­ner Karin Kortjie.

In this show, Adams shares the stage with five per­form­ers: Terry For­tune, Bongile Mant­sai, Moe­nier (aka Monox) Adams, Nur Abra­hams and Waseef Piekaan. It is on at the Bax­ter un­til Jan­uary 7, at 8.15pm, with early Satur­day per­for­mances at 5.30pm.

“Please don’t tag it as a trib­ute show,” says Izo­bell, who is in the pro­ducer’s seat. Yes, Vo­cal is Lekka fea­tures an eclec­tic list of hit songs (like Mus­tang Sally) that are bound to tweak a chord with most of us but they don’t just get up and belt out the numbers and do typ­i­cal cover ren­di­tions.

Each piece has been chore­ographed (by Louk­maan) and ac­ces­sorised with cos­tumes and props, so they be­come lit­tle sketches. The singers use their bod­ies to con­vey the sense of each song, ex­plains Louk­maan. In ad­di­tion to songs, they do nu­mer­ous med­leys.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iafrika gets the full treat­ment, so there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

The bril­liant Camillo Lom­bard is on board again (he worked on the Karin Kortjie show) as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor.

The for­mat is a capella, in that the voice is the pri­mary in­stru­ment used, but Izo­bell says they use acous­tic in­stru­ments as well: “Cow­bells, Ca­jon, shak­ers, tea­spoons etc. It is just ‘vo­cal is lekker’ – that’s what it is about.”

Moe­nier Adams (he is re­lated to Louk­maan) adds that do­ing a capella takes hard work and prac­tice. “We want it per­fect, per­fect and it takes time to get it right. If you want the sound of an in­stru­ment, you have to use your voice and it is not easy.”

For read­ers who are un­fa­mil­iar with the work of Moe­nier, I have to en­lighten you. I first saw him in Afrikaaps at the Bax­ter last year, where he did a combo of hip hop and street moves. I have never seen any­one move like he does. Ex­tra­or­di­nary to watch. Moe­nier, 26, got the Kanna award ear­lier this year for his work on Afrikaaps.

Louk­maan is an­other dazzler. He has been in show­biz since he was young­ster, do­ing Taliep Petersen and David Kramer mu­si­cals ,and went on to chore­o­graph Kat and the Kings, which nabbed Oliver awards in Lon­don. In This is My Life last month, act­ing as MC and nar­ra­tor, he brought his con­sum­mate en­ter­tain­ing skills to the stage.

Vo­cal is Lekka is a fu­sion of dis­parate styles and ap­proaches and the pro­duc­tion feeds off the sheer va­ri­ety of the cast and is about the en­sem­ble – work­ing to­gether.

“It is very dif­fer­ent tal­ents all com­ing to­gether into one melt­ing pot. Bongile brings the African Zulu; Moe­nier – the hip hop…” muses Izo­bell.

Louk­maan adds: “Au­di­ences will be blown away by the vo­cal gym­nas­tics.”

Tick­ets R100-R120. Book at Com­puticket at 0861 915 8000. Tick­ets for the New Year’s Eve show cost R170 and that per­for­mance starts at 9.30pm. Af­ter the show, there will be a party in the Bax­ter foyer with en­ter­tain­ment and a bal­loon drop at mid­night.

Vo­cal is Lekka,

VO­CAL GYM­NAS­TICS: The cast of

which fea­tures an eclec­tic list of songs and med­leys.

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