Local vocals hit right note
New a capella show brings together a variety of styles and talents inthe
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 GYMNASTICS: The cast of
which features an eclectic list of songs and medleys.