Most of us agree that the choice of music on radio stations in Cape Town is pretty sad. After much frustration and searching the airwaves in my car without cd player, I dial in 104.9fm whenever I can get a signal! Heart fm is known for playing classics and old favourites, perfect for singing along to in the car.

Some of you will already know about Clarence Ford’s show on a Sunday evening at 6pm. He calls it ‘Me Time’ and plays classics such as:

‘With a little help from my friends’ – Joe Cocker

‘Moon River‘ – Andy Williams

‘There’s a kind of hush’ – Engelbert Humperdinck

‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ – Johnny Mathis

‘I write the songs’ – Barry Manilow

…and those are just a few from last night’s show.

Clarence Ford, Alistair Izobell and superbly talented performers & musicians are bringing you a LIVE version of ‘Clarrie’s Favourites’. RADIO CLASSICS will be at the Baxter Theatre from 22 November 2012 until 5 January.  This is Radio in 3D! You won’t want to miss the costumes, sets, glitter and beautiful lighting in the Baxter’s Main Theatre.

I was lucky enough to sneak in during their first week of rehearsals and Nur Abrahams’ vocal stylings already had everyone falling off their chairs in excitement.

Performers on stage include: Clarence Ford, Alistair Izobell, Nur Abrahams, Edith Plaatjies and Aleshia Solomons

Supported by the magnificient band:

Don-veno Prins – Musical Director & saxophone
Trevino Isaacs – keyboards
Keagan Links– drummer
Jason De Laney – guitar
Brandon Ruiters – trumpet
Trombone – Murray Buitendag
Charlton Daniels – bass guitar

Ticket prices range from: R125 to R150

If you book early, there are low price previews: 22nd, 23rd and 24th Nov with all seats at R110.

This would be a great way to spend  New Years Eve!


Creative Portrait: Lucy Tops

I’ve been doing a few creative portrait sessions recently and I’d like to share this fabulous shoot with up-and-coming recording artist, Lucy Tops.

You may have seen Lucy in her one woman show ‘Absolucy’ or ‘Face the Music’. She was a National Arts Festival Ovation award winner in 2012. Lucy is managed by Stereotype records and you can listen to a few of her tracks here.

We began the shoot in Woodstock using some of the rocking street art that is decorating the area due to the efforts of A Word of Art.  Lucky for me, Lucy was not too shy to strut her stuff for the camera and the many, many workmen driving past with their tongues hanging out of their bakkie windows.

We were inspired by Lucy’s new song, That’s Not Cool written by Riyaan Cornelius and Neil Payten which will be hitting the radio waves soon.   The song has an Eighties Euro-Pop sound and you can see we had lots of fun with some Eighties pop styling. Big thanks to Courtney Holgate and Claire Hills for the styling and make-up, it was wonderful to work with such a cohesive and creative team.

You can see and hear Lucy Tops at her next public performance at Cafe Manhattan on 18 November or follow her schedule via twitter @lucy_tops or on Facebook.
Photography/Art Direction: Jesse Kate Kramer
Stylist: Courtney Holgate
Make-up: Claire Hills
Artist/Model: Lucy Tops