Q&A with Brian McFad­den plus new mu­sic of the week


The for­mer mem­ber of Westlife vis­its South Africa this month as part of his Soul Jam world tour. Brian, who left the Ir­ish boy­band in 2004, has found suc­cess as a solo artist, most re­cently branch­ing out into soul.

Catch him on 16 Novem­ber at Plat­te­land in Cen­tu­rion, Gaut­eng, and on 17 and 18 Novem­ber at Spier Am­phithe­atre out­side Stel­len­bosch in the West­ern Cape. This isn’t your first time in SA. Why do you keep com­ing back? I love the peo­ple and the at­mos­phere. The peo­ple in SA have a unique en­ergy, which is why I also keep com­ing back for hol­i­days.

The wine farms and golf cour­ses are al­ways on my sched­ule! What can fans ex­pect from your show? A lot of clas­sic hits from soul le­gends such as Otis Red­ding, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke.

We will of course be play­ing some of the Westlife favourites – it’s 90 min­utes of hits. You’re cur­rently work­ing on a soul al­bum. Tell us more? My mu­si­cal tastes have def­i­nitely changed. I’m 38 now and love old soul so the al­bum is a re­flec­tion of that.

I was for­tu­nate to get amaz­ing vo­cal­ists to work with me on it, such as Mica Paris, An­drew Strong and SA singer Zolani Ma­hola. The first two sin­gles were re­leased to­wards the end of Oc­to­ber. Are you still in touch with the Westlife guys? I haven’t spo­ken to the guys in years – we all have our own lives and we’re very busy, but I do wish them well on their new tour.

‘The peo­ple in SA have a unique en­ergy, which is why I keep com­ing back’

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