Celebrating Fabulous Women of Song
August is the month to celebrate and highlight dynamic women and this will be done in spectacular fashion on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre with Supreme Divas. The show will run from Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August for four performances only.
Supreme Divas will delight audiences old and young as they celebrate the powerhouse female singers that have become legends through their music over the past few decades.
Homage is paid to “old school” divas including Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer and many others while younger audiences will relish the celebration of hits from “new school” divas including Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Adele and others.
A fitting tribute will also be made to a few of South Africa’s own divas including Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Miriam Makeba and Claire Johnston.
Taking centre stage will be the insanely talented vocalists Tia Herman, Lelo Ramasimong, Tracey-Lee Oliver and Elizca Coetzer, with Born To Perform teenage sensation Marianthe Panas joining them as she makes her professional theatre debut.
Along with the dynamic 9-piece band led by Music Director Llewellyn George, audiences will thrill to instantly recognisable hits including R.E.S.P.E.C.T., Somewhere, If I could turn back time, I’m every woman, Hot Stuff, Stop in the Name of Love, Vulindlela, Valerie, Unqombothi, Do You Know where you’re going to, If I were a boy and many more.
Supreme Divas is the ultimate concert experience, honouring a selection of the many women who’ve made an indelible mark on the local and international music industry.
Joburg City Theatres will be producing the show. “We want to portray South African talent at its best,” says Claire Pacariz, Executive Producer for Joburg City Theatres. “And with Women’s Day on August 9th, we thought it would be an ideal time to honour legendary women in song.”
Performances for Supreme Divas run from Thursday to Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre.
Tickets range from R150 to R250. These are available by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets.
For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on (011) 877 6853/6815.
Supreme Divas is proudly brought to you by Joburg City Theatres in association with The CoLab Network and directed by Timothy Le Roux. Vocalists will be dressed by Hollywood Costumes.
LLEWELLYN GEORGE – MUSIC DIRECTOR / Arrangements
Llewellyn has been in the industry since 2001. He has played for the UCT Jazz Big Band from 2001-2004 under the leadership of Prof Mike Campbell and Darryl Andrews, also working and recorded alongside the likes of Jimmy Dlulu, Sibongile Mngoma, Judith Sephuma ,Gavin Minter, Sibongile Khumalo, Lebo M ( Lion King) Marcus Wyatt, and others.
He’s worked as a Music Director and musician for numerous recording artists such as Danny K, Sibongile Mngoma, Loyiso Bala, PJ Powers, RJ Benjamin, Malie Kelly and Judith Sephuma.
He was Musical Director for S.A. Idols 2011 season, is still part of the Idols band and has been the main pianist for the annual Afrikaans Skouspel which attracts well over 15 thousnd people.
He is the Musical Director for legendary Afrikaans artist Laurika Rauch and produced the themed music for Miss South Africa 2015 and 2016 Pageant.
Llewellyn is currently Assistant Music Director on The Voice SA and The Voice Nigeria and recent accolades also include being Music Director & Arranger on the highly successful Always & Forever – A Tribute to Luther Vandross starring Timothy Moloi.
More popularly known as Tima Reece, Tia recorded her debut album “My Body’s Crying” in New York whilst still a teenager, under the International record label, Warner Bros’ “Strictly Rhythm Records” earning her a SAMA Award nomination and she hasn’t looked back since.
In 2003, Tia teamed up with ex-101 pop star, Kurt Herman and co-owner and creative director of their company BluBerry Entertainment, she has co-written and produced a line of highly successful musical reviews and corporate concept shows.
Tia has been further nominated a second SAMA Award for “Best Pop Album” in 2005. She is also a regular part of the Idols band as a backing vocalist and is also appointed vocal coach on the new TV show, The Voice SA. Tia is currently working on her sophomore album, “9” which is due for release later in 2016.
Since being one of South Africa’s Top 10 Idols, Lelo has performed in top venues all over the country. Seventeen Magazine voted her the Top Young South African Artist and she has been a previous finalist in the Cosmopolitan’s Most Awesome Woman of the Year.
Before turning 21, Lelo won a Durban Theatre Award for Best Newcomer and was nominated for three further awards. She has since won another Durban Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Theatre Production for Little Shop of Horrors.
Other credits include Dreamgirls, African Footprint (China), and Under African Skies (Holland, Belguim and France), a headline vocalist on Strictly Come Dancing and Coke Studio, collaborating with well known producer 37MPH to create their hit single Shine. She has shared the stage with South African legends such as Gloria Bosman and Abigail Khubeka.
Her most recent credits have included being a featured vocalist alongside Timothy Moloi in Always & Forever – A Tribute to Luther Vandross as well as being the lead vocalist for the hit international dance show Burn The Floor that enjoyed a South African Tour in 2016.
Renowned singer, actress and comedian, Tracey-Lee has wowed audiences all over the world.
In the acting fraternity, she has worked alongside greats like Shaleen Surti-Richards.
As a singer, she’s shared the stage with legends including Yvone Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers and many more.
Tracey-Lee is fast making strides as a musical comedian of note with her clever comedic approach, and works constantly across the country with the likes of Marc Lottering, Riaad Moosa and Jason Goliath.
Elizca was born into a family of musicians and became involved in music and theatre from a very young age. Her professional debut after studying at TUT was in the musical Hair and she then went on to play the lead role in Hairspray shortly afterwards, for which she received a Best Actress nomination and won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2007 Naledi Awards.
Other theatre credits include CHESS – The Musical; Spotlight; Footloose; High School Musical (Asian Tour); Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux; Eendag Lank Lank Gelede…Mos and Dawid. Her performance in Chef Rattle and Roll earned her a seconf Naledi Theatre Award nomincation for Best Actress in a Musical.
2015 saw Elizca as ‘Sister Mary Patrick’ in Sister Act and earlier in 2016 in Gee Jou Hart vir Kerkorrel while she has returned to TUT to further her studies.
Teen sensation Marianthe has represented KwaZulu Natal in The SA Championships of the Performing Arts (twice), competed in The World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles and Hollywood, winning numerous awards in both championships – and all before she was her current age of 15.
In her hometown of Durban, she has performed at a number of events including The Durban Theatre Awards, Night of 100 Stars, The Durban Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, as well as with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at The KZN Young Performers 2016 event.
In Johannesburg, she caught everyone’s attention with her showstopping performance in Born To Perform’s Gala Concert in July 2015 and again recently when she was one of the vocalists in the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra’s concert A Night With The Stars. Supreme Divas marks her professional theatre debut.