Joburg Theatre have just announced the star casting of award-winning musician LLOYD CELE in the international production of LET’S GET IT ON – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE: on The Mandela stage for a limited season from May 7th to May 16th 2015.
Lloyd recently won ‘Best R&B’ single for ALL I NEED IS YOU at the Metro FM Awards and says this is a perfect fit for the show. “Marvin Gaye has always been one of my idols, and I’m extremely excited to have been given this opportunity to portray this music icon on stage.”
LET’S GET IT ON – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE is produced by Helpman award-winning producer Simon Myers and Moira Bennett from Room 8 productions whose recent shows include THE MAN IN BLACK – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY and TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS – THE JOHN DENVER STORY.
This is their first production in South Africa. The producers were very keen to cast a local singing personality for the show and found their star in Lloyd Cele.
Lloyd Cele shot to fame as the runner up in Idols in 2010. He has since won numerous awards; SAMA award for Best Pop Album as well as being a Metro FM, Channel O and Wawela nominee.
He’s also a crowd favourite at all major festivals nationwide. He is an executive producer and a diverse artist who plays guitar, piano, bass and saxophone.
LET’S GET IT ON – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE is a two-hour narrative concert that celebrates the life and music of the multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter acknowledged as The Prince of Motown – The Prince of Soul.
The show features some of Marvin’s most beloved songs including ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, his stunning spiritual masterwork ‘What’s Going On’, the Grammy Award-winning ‘Sexual Healing’ and many more.
The show explores Marvin’s humble beginnings, his troubled relationship with his father, his search for meaning and the music that defined a generation.
The voice that formed the soundtrack to countless liaisons in the ‘60s and ‘70s was tragically silenced thirty years ago – and the scale of that tragedy is reinforced through the retelling of his story. From the opening number – Stars and Stripes Marvin-style – to the finale, the show channels ‘the main man’ in a tribute that is more music than musical, more lyrics than script.
Lloyd will be backed by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians, The Funk City Band, and introducing Vika Bull. Vika’s character is an amalgam of the three main women in Marvin’s life; Tammy Tyrell, Diana Ross and Anna Gordy.
Vika is firmly established as one of Australia’s most powerful female voices having supported legendary musicians such as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sting and Joe Cocker.
LET’S GET IT ON – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE will have you Dancing In The Street!
Performances for LET’S GET IT ON – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE begin in The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on Thursday May 7th and the limited season must close on Saturday May 16th. Shows are at 8pm Thursdays to Saturdays, and 3pm on Sundays.
ABOUT LLOYD CELE
With a third album having been released in September 2014 and three brand new singles out at the same time in three different languages, Lloyd Cele is out to prove that good things happen in 3’s.
The avid music lover turned Idols runner-up then SAMA winner, Walela Award, Channel O Award and Metro FM Award nominee, is looking to build on the success of his 1st single “Tonight” that features as the theme song for Top Billing by releasing GREY MATTER on September 22nd 2014.
Having worked with a number of SA’s top artists in Cassper Nyovest, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Brian Temba as well as CH2, Lloyd wanted to bring a diverse mix of influences to his 3rd album, much like he has done on his previous 2 albums ONE and NO LIMITS.
Lloyd’s sound is about embracing South Africa’s diverse culture, racial groups, and musical influences and fusing them together in his music.
GREY MATTER, largely written by Lloyd himself, is no different and this is highlighted by the unprecedented, simultaneous release of 3 singles to launch the album. “Ngiyakudinga Mtakwethu” (All I Need Is You) a Zulu song featuring Brian Temba – the recent winner of Best R&B Single at the Metro FM Awards – the Afrikaans single “Dans Met My” and an English single “Made For Love” have all been unleashed onto the airwaves at the same time and have been play-listed on the top radio stations for those genres.
This is a 1st landmark occasion in South African radio airwaves, to have 3 songs in 3 languages all play-listed at the same time on the different radio stations that appeal to those genres.
This marks an exciting period in Lloyd’s life in which he further seeks to cement top spot on the charts and unite the people of South Africa through music.
Lloyd encourages all people to reach for their dreams and never give up. All things are truly possible and with GREY MATTER it could very well by 3 time’s a charm.
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ABOUT VIKA BULL
For 25 years, the glorious voice of Vika Bull, alongside her sister Linda, has comprised one of the most distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged sounds on the Australian music landscape.
Since a multi-platinum conquest of pop radio with the Black Sorrows in the late 1980s, Vika Bull has forged a diverse pathway into soul, gospel, blues, country and the island music of her Tongan ancestry.
By turns tender and powerful, her rich solo vocals and instinctive harmonies have spawned eight albums with her sister Linda, as well as illuminating studio and concert performances by Paul Kelly, Renee Geyer, John Farnham, Hunters & Collectors, Tim Finn, Kasey Chambers, John Butler, Dan Sultan and many more.
Born of a Tongan mother and Australian father, Vika’s first band was Fear of Flying in 1984.
Vika & Linda, the sisters’ debut album released in 1994, was produced by Paul Kelly and written by some of the most accomplished songwriters of the era, including Paul, Joe Camilleri, Stephen Cummings, Mark Seymour and Nick Barker.
The next decade found the sisters embracing a range of musical possibilities on a string of albums recorded in various countries and settings, from The Mouth of the River at Peter Gabriel’s studio in England to Princess Tabu, partly recorded in Tonga.
Vika Bull has continued to record and perform in Australia and the world, singing for Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama she has also performed at WOMAD festivals worldwide, inside the Pamplona bullring, and toured Scandinavia eight times with The Black Sorrows.
Having supported legendary musicians such as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sting and Joe Cocker, Vika Bull is firmly established as one of Australia’s most powerful female voices.
Tickets range from R180 to R350, and are on sale by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com, or by calling the theatre’s ticketing line on 0861 670 670. Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling Joburg Theatre on (011) 877 6853/6815.