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Michael Jackson Tribute, HIStory: King of Pop featuring Dantanio coming to Johannesburg this December!

World-renowned MJ Tribute, HISTORY: King of POP, returns to Johannesburg next month with yet another dose of enthralling performances.

HIStory: King of Pop @ Emperors Palace, 6-22 December 2019

Presented by Showtime Australia

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Shamone! The festive season is set to become a thrilling musical experience as one of the world’s most-loved tribute productions pays homage to the legendary pop icon, Michael Jackson, in HIStory: King of Pop, in Johannesburg next month.

The world-famous King of Pop tribute concert is a two-hour musical spectacular, which takes audiences on a nostalgic journey back to MJ’s early days as a member of the Jackson 5, his ground-breaking theatrics in the 80s and his continued reign as the King of Pop into the 21st century.

Having rung in 2019 with a successful performance run in Cape Town earlier in January, it’s now the turn for Johannesburg fans to experience the music, costumes and amazing production celebrating the iconic Michael Jackson, at Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace from 6-22 December 2019.

Long-time fans of MJ, are in for a treat when they come to experience the HIStory: King of Pop show as they get the full concert experience with accomplished Kimberley-born and Johannesburg-based singer and impersonator Dantanio – electrifying in his role as Jackson – plus a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state-of-the-art sound and theatrical lighting, vision and effects.

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The phenomenal lighting and effects team makes use of 160+ moving lights and over 2,000 lighting cues to create a production that truly evokes the creative spirit of The King of Pop, live on stage.

In 2014, Dantanio was scouted by the show’s director, Johnny Van Grinsven, to take on this challenging role, in what’s been billed as “a mind-blowing stage production”.

“Michael Jackson inspired me to sing and dance. I have been preparing for this role my entire life and I get to live out my dream of paying tribute to my idol on stage around the world,” admits Dantanio.

Expect to hear all the major hits being belted out on stage, such as: Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Beat It, ABC, Don`t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, PYT, They Don`t Really Care About Us.

So what can Jozi fans expect to experience this festive season?

“I am so excited to be back in Johannesburg, where I get to share my love for MJ with other die-hard fans of the pop icon. It’s such an honour and a privilege to perform as Michael across the globe and what a treat it is for me to close out 2019 in style – celebrating the life of the King of Pop right here on home soil.”

Visit www.mjhistoryshow.com for ticketing and further information. Tickets for this spectacular show can also be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and range between R144 and R490 each.

What are your favourite Michael Jackson songs?

Spirited Mama

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International singing SuperStar, Belinda Davids, releases her first ever Christmas Album this November!

Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas

International singing superstar, Belinda Davids, set to release her first ever Christmas album this month – ahead of her limited series of Orchestral Concerts at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.

She’s taking over the global concert stages one mesmerizing performance at a time, and now Showtime Australia artist Belinda Davids is set to heat up the Christmas season with the release of her very first holiday album: Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas.

The Port Elizabeth-born Davids, who just returned from touring the UK and Russia last month, is expected to drop her first Christmas album on Wednesday 20 November – the same day of her much-anticipated opening night concert in Cape Town, marking a two-year wait for her Mother City fans to catch the singing diva again live in concert.

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Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas is a 12-track soulful album that is guaranteed to encourage all Christmas-lovers who are eager to get into the Christmas spirit early.

Recording a Christmas album became a special and personal project for Davids when she realised, in recent years, the significance and privilege of being able to spend the festive season with her two children and extended family. “My touring schedule is so hectic, sometimes I barely have time to breathe, so when I can be at home over Christmas and truly be present with my children it is the greatest gift, and super important to me – it’s the creation of memories,” she says.

With this album Davids wanted to give her fans a taste of what her own earliest Christmas memories were like:

“These are the Classics that were played at Christmas time when I was young. I adore Christmas songs, but they are often so cheesy, so when I sat in the studio I wanted to record those same Classics that are timeless and nostalgic, but with a soulful and playful vibe that reflects the diverse musical influences I had in my upbringing. I think we managed to deliver just that.”

 

Some of the festive season classics to expect on the album include: Silent Night, Joy to the World, Away in a Manager, Do You Hear What I Hear, and When a Child Is Born.

 

Davids, who now calls Cape Town her home, recorded the album in Johannesburg earlier this year, with studio time juggled between her international touring commitments over a period of four months.

It’s been a long time coming for Davids to finally release more solo music; she was just 16 years old in 1996 when she released her debut album Belinda which included the hit single ‘We Go Together’.


So what magical Christmas memories does Davids ponder on every festive season?

“Christmas in my grandmother’s house was a highlight for me, where all her kids and grandkids gathered and there was just always so much presence of family throughout the holidays. We would all decorate the house, walls and the Christmas tree – all while our favourite Christmas classics were playing in the background. It meant the world to be around family and to celebrate Christmas Day with my loved ones”.

Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas will be available for purchase on all major global digital music platforms from 20 November 2019.

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Belinda Davids takes over Cape Town with The Greatest Love of All: A tribute to Whitney Houston

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston will showcase with orchestral accompaniment at Artscape Opera House at Artscape Theatre in The Mother City from 20 November until 1 December, and is billed as one of the “most anticipated concert performances of the year”.

These special and limited orchestral concerts featuring South African-born Davids, are a first for South Africa, having already performed to sold-out arenas in the UK and Russia earlier this year.

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is set to be backed by a South African orchestra, dancers and stunning theatrical effects this time around, as the vocally-talented Davids is set to yet again impress local audiences in a jaw-dropping musical tribute experience to one of music’s most loved-icons.

Tickets for this spectacular concert experience in Cape Town can purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and range between R250 and R390 each.

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is also set to tour its orchestral concert series to Johannesburg later next year. The show will perform at The Mandela at Joburg Civic Theatre, from 5- 28 June 2020. Tickets are available now via the theatre box office or by visiting www.thegreatestloveofallshow.com.

I can’t wait for Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas to drop! A new Christmas album is LONG overdue in the Spirited Family house 🙂

What’s you favourite Christmas album?

Spirited Mama

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Burn the floor – Ballroom and Dancing Extravaganza

A sizzling tour of Ballroom and Dancing Extravaganza

The world’s most prolific ballroom and dance theatre production, Burn the Floor, returns to South Africa for a much-anticipated tour across the country later this year. The show is set to dazzle local audiences with its spectacular dance moves and sizzling ballroom displays on stage and you shouldn’t miss it for the world!

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Burn The Floor is a global production that has revolutionised the image of Ballroom dance across the world, and is set to visit South Africa for the fourth time in August and September this year, in what has been dubbed as Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour.

With the reputation of being the world’s toughest dance show, the international cast of dance champions are handpicked for their rebellious spirit and pure skill.

Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, also known as “The Rebels of Ballroom”, sees an international dancing cast showing off their passionate and sexy dance skills on stage, and it includes South African Latin Champion, Kylee Brown. South Africans will also witness the sweet vocals of sultry songstress, Lelo Ramasimong – who is currently a finalist in local music reality TV show, The Voice SA – throughout the SA tour.

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Choreographed and directed by Peta Roby, Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, has more surprises in store and promises to blow the roof off the theatre, including music from Rag and Boneman, James Brown ,Aretha Franklin, Santana, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin.

CAPE TOWN – Burn the Floor

Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, is brought to South Africa by Dance Partner Productions and kicks off at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town from 8 – 17 August 2019. Tickets for this much-anticipated show can be purchased via Webtickets at either www.webtickets.co.za, and are priced at R180 – R310 each. You may also book tickets directly from the Baxter Theatre via 0861 915 800 or http://www.baxter.co.za.

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JOHANNESBURG AND DURBAN – Burn the Floor

Johannesburg and Durban fans are in for a treat too! Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, will run from 22 August – 8 September at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg before closing out the Mzansi tour in Durban at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom from 12-29 September.

Tickets for the Johannesburg and Durban legs of the SA tour can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced at R280 –R520 for Johannesburg and R285 each for Durban

Follow Burn The Floor on Instagram at @burnthefloorofficial. On Twitter, you can visit: @officialBTF. For up-to-date info, you can also visit: Facebook page (OfficialBurnTheFloor) as well as the official website: www.burnthefloor.com

MORE ABOUT BURN THE FLOOR
The original concept of Burn The Floor grew from an electric display of ballroom and Latin dancing at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party in London, March 1997. There, producer Harley Medcalf discovered the ballroom dance world and its charismatic people, with their deep intensity, commitment, discipline, burning passion and total love of the ballroom art form.
Initially, Harley’s idea of a new theatrical ballroom production sent shock waves through the ballroom dancing establishment. For decades, ballroom competitions had been performed behind closed doors, as a pastime for the privileged. And well before reality television embraced it with such shows as Dancing with The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing. 

Burn The Floor opened in England in 1999. A decade later, after visiting thirty countries and over one hundred and sixty cities worldwide, it achieved its long standing dream, to bring Ballroom to Broadway – appearing at the Longacre Theatre in New York, followed by two hugely successful seasons in London’s West.

Are you a fan of dancing?

Spirited Mama

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Beatlemania on tour + WIN

Beatlemania On Tour @ Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre, 3 – 19 May 2019, presented by Showtime Australia. 

After enjoying successful tour runs in Durban and Cape Town last year, the world-famous Beatles tribute show, Beatlemania On Tour, returns to South Africa for yet another exciting stint of performances, this time at Carnival City in Gauteng this May.

Celebrating the biggest hits of the famous Fab Four from Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Beatlemania On Tour kicks off at Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre on Friday 3 May. The show, which runs until Sunday 19 May, will deliver a true fan experience with rock ‘n roll classics and nostalgia live on stage every night.


Beatlemania On Tour
 brings a full cast of three Australian singers and one Scottish vocalist for the show’s first performing run in Boksburg – nine years after making its South African début in 2010.

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Beatlemania on Tour

The cast includes the multi-talented singers Joe Kane (as Paul McCartney), Zac Coombs (as John Lennon), Brent McMullen (as George Harrison) and Ben Harper (as Ringo).

For the very first time, Boksburg audiences will experience a rocking musical concert experience, which includes state-of-the-art updates production and lighting, as well as a huge repertoire of replica Beatles costuming have also been made – all to relive to nostalgia and magic of the Beatlemania phenomenon that swept the globe during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Fans can expect the cast to belt out some of the Fab Four’s biggest and most treasured hits from the 1960’s rock era will be performed live on stage –

The musical concert experience will see fans dancing and rocking to classic Beatles hits such as Can’t Buy Me Love, All My Loving, Please Please Me, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Day Tripper, Nowhere Man, Help, Yellow Submarine, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Hey Jude being performed throughout the two-hour musical experience,

Throughout the two-hour musical spectacular, the Beatlemania on Tour cast are set to perform all the songs in their original key and on replica Beatles instruments – with unseen attention to detail creating the sincerest Beatles sound around.

The show’s lead singer, Joe Kane is excited to perform in Boksburg for the first time and says the cast has a deep love for South African audiences.

“South African fans really love the music The Beatles and they come out and support our shows in big numbers on every tour we do in SA. We really had a blast in Cape Town last October and now we are super excited to perform in Boksburg for the very first time.”

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Beatlemania on Tour

With previous sold-out shows across the US, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand under its belt, the production is one of the world’s finest Beatles tribute spectacular – a reputation that’s successfully upheld by Showtime Australia – a leader in the tribute show entertainment genre.

Producer, Director and CEO of The Showtime Australia Group, Johnny Van Grinsven, shares:

“This show focuses on the early years of the Beatles and their rise to stardom from the early days of Liverpool and in this musical concert, our cast will provide the best rock ‘n roll memories, live singing and performing on live instruments that will transport the audience to back in time to relive the memories as to why we all fell in love with The Fab Four. It’s a concert experience like no other and it’s a must see for all die-hard Beatles fans.”

Tickets range from R150 – R250 each.

For more details about the show visit: beatlemaniaontour.com

Connect with Beatlemania On Tour via their social media channels:

Instagram and Twitter: @BeatlemaniaTour

Facebook: www.facebook.com/beatlemaniaontour

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I have 5 double tickets to the show on Friday 10 May 2019.

Want to win a set of tickets?

You can find the giveaway posts below:

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Twitter: @spirited_mama1

Spirited Mama

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T’s & C’s

**Giveaway closes on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at midnight. Winners will be announced on Thursday 9 May 2019. Open to South African residents only.
Winners will be randomly selected. 
No correspondence will be entered into once a winner is selected.
Winners will be announced on my social media accounts and notified via email.
I reserve the right to disqualify invalid entries. **

 

 

 

Are you a BLIEBER?

Beanber

For all of you Justin Bieber fans out there – enjoy your Cape Town concert.

And the Bliebers in Gauteng  – you’re probably waiting with baited breath for the weekend….

Really, I don’t get what the hype is about. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a different era? Each to his own I suppose. Th epic above was just to funny NOT to share 🙂

Charles

Baby baby baby baby ooohhhhh!!!

Spirited Mama

P.S. I have no idea who to credit for the images above. My bad. If it’s you – well thanks for letting me borrow it without your permission but now you know where to find it

P.P.S Reluctant Mom – This post is dedicated to YOU!!!!

Playlists

I’m up to my eyeballs in work but I’m mellow and chilled in the office as the only thing that I can think of right now is working on a playlist for our Road trip…

Dudie has told me what he wants and thank goodness it’s not anything nursery rhyme related/the wheels on the bus (my wheels might come off if that’s on my playlist…) instead my child has a very open mind to all genres of music. JUST like ME 🙂 And I love that he loves music so much.

He wakes to blaring (yes, sometimes we are blasting the music early in the morning) and it really get us me into the mood for the day ahead. I put the music on just before I get into the shower so by the time I get out, he’s rolling around on his bed or dancing in front of the mirror in my room. Sneaky sneaky but it gets him out of bed without me having to moan about it constantly.

<On Sunday – Dude turned the music down in the room as he was still sleeping when I put it on. LOL But I just went to put it back on in the living room 🙂 LOUD!!!>

Right now some favourites for both Dudie & I (in no particular order except maybe Maroon 5, are:

Maroon 5

Bruno Mars

Cee Lo Gree

Usher

Lighthouse Family(Classic)

Deseree – Life – I have forgotten how much I like it until it played on Trace the other day and Dudie, who is way too young to know it, pipes up “Mommy, I like that music”

Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie

Daughtry – No surprise (classic)

Alicia Keys – Girl is on Fire

Lira

These are just a few that I can think of off the cuff but I can assure you our list is endless. Just for teh record I will pack 1 sing along nursery rhyme book. But that’s where I draw the line.

What are your favourite road trip songs?

Spirited Mama

P.S. I’ve been extremely bloated teh last few days and the other day I let a fart slide…. Dudie says “Mama your peop says hello” LOL – where did I ever get this precious child.

 

 

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