Matthews to belt out classics
BAY musician Melvyn Matthews (pictured) will perform on the PE Opera House Barn stage tomorrow in the next instalment of the Jazz’Afro Sundays programme. This singer-songwriter has shared the stage with international stars such as The Manhattans and Stevie Wonder, as well as local greats such as Mbongeni Ngema – and others.
Matthews left Port Elizabeth as a teenager in 1982 in search of fame and fortune in Johannesburg, where he sang for groups like The Family. He was the original lead singer for iconic group Pure Magic which was later fronted by Vuyo Mokoena and Rebecca Malope, and was the lead singer of Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels. He later joined The Big Dudes and was a lead singer with the late Brenda Fassie. Matthews penned numerous hits, among them Life Is Going On. He also wrote for Fassie and another SA legend, Steve Kekana. The show starts at 5pm and admission is R70 (R50 for pensioners). Seating is limited. Book with ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nomgcobo ( email@example.com) or call (041) 586-2256.