Thursday, 26 March
After the very disappointing last-minute cancellation of their sold-out performance in December at The Library @ The Brazen Head in Sandton due to load shedding, Cito’s EL CANTANTE has been re-scheduled there due to incredible popular demand from Sandton residents and event-goers alike for them to return to the area.
El Cantante can be seen at the The Library @ The Brazen Head in Sandton on Thursday 26 March at 8pm.
WIth “El Cantante” (the singer), renowned singer Cito heads back to his Puerto Rican roots, performing his unique acoustic versions of the Spanish classics that he grew up listening to.
Guitarist extraordinaire, Martin Schofield joins him on guitar.
The rhythms and styles of bolero, tango, mambo, tejano, mariachi and traditional folklorica are included in the musical line-up, highlighting traditional favourites from countries including Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and others. Pop favourites presented in Cito’s unique arrangements include Cielito Lindo, La Bamba, Besame Mucho, Carnaval, Cancion del Mariachi, En Mi Viejo San Juan, El Cuarto de Tula, Mi Tierra (Gloria Estefan) and Sobrevivire (I Will Survive).
Audiences are captivated by the sheer magic of the music and the Desperado-style performance thereof.
Cito was born in Los Angeles, California and most of his childhood was spent in an Hispanic community in Queens, New York City. Both parents influenced Cito with their musical abilities – especially his Puerto Rican mother who sang and played Spanish guitar.
Now living in South Africa since his teens, CITO is best known as the frontman of the legendary multi award-winning rock band, WONDERboom; now in their 19th year on the local music scene. Showcasing his diversity in recent years, Cito has had media and audiences alike raving at his heart-stopping portrayal of Jesus in the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar; Frederick Trumper in Chess – The Musical and more recently in being the frontline vocalist singing Queen’s music in Bovim Ballet’s Queen at the Ballet.
Performing alongside Cito in El Cantante is 12-time SAMA nominee MARTIN SCHOFIELD – founding member, alongside Cito, of WONDERboom, and has notched up many other accolades including most recently being the MD of the 2012 SAMA Awards as well as Idols SA Season 8. One of Martin’s favourite sayings is “You make music with people, the notes come later” and its on this basis that he’s thrilled to be partnering with long-time friend and fellow musician to explore an on-going desire of his to go out of his comfort zone to perform music hispanically. And with Cito also on guitar, audiences will be provided an evening of pure delight, seeing these two seasoned performers together at this quaint establishment.
I’m really looking forward to finally rocking out at the Library, after loadshedding forcing us to cancel our fully booked show in December. We haven’t had a chance since then to re-schedule, so we’ve been chomping at the bit to play in this wonderful space. ~ Cito
Entrance Fee is R50, and the performances kick off at 8pm with Special Guest Andre van Rensburg opening the evening and adding their own unique flair to the evening.
André van Rensburg is a prolific composer and instrumentalist with 5 solo albums and dozens of collaborative releases under his belt. He has been living in the US and East Asia for the past decade and has been concentrating his live performances around solo classical guitar pieces. For this show he will be playing the works of Latin, Cuban and French composers.
Should the patrons wish to, The Library also has an extensive a-la-carte menu for guests to enjoy a meal along with the inclusion of this beguiling music experience, thus ensuring it will be an evening not easily forgotten by those in attendance.
EL CANTANTE will be performing on Thursday 26 March at The Library at The Brazen Head in Sandton.
Cover Charge : R50 payable at the door
Doors open at 7pm with Andre van Rensburg opening at 8pm and El Cantante kicking their performance off at 8:30pm.
Advanced bookings are essential as its expected this evening will sell out ahead of time.
Date: Thursday, 26 March 2014.
Venue: The Library at The Brazen Head; Corner Linden Street and Ann Crescent, Strathavon, Sandton
Time: Doors open at 7pm, Andre van Rensburg on stage at 8pm and El Cantante on stage from 8:30pm. (A-la-carte Dinner menu available for those patrons wishing to eat)
Entrance R50 at the door. Advanced table bookings are essential and to be booked directly with the venue by calling 011 783 6122.
Diarize the date to see Cito perform live at www.brazenhead.co.za