Music for Heart & Soul in Support of CANSA
28 May 2018 – CANSA invites performing art enthusiasts to celebrate the ‘joy of life’ in song on 22 July 2018, 18:30 at the Atterbury Theatre. The blend of three diverse artists and the finest French music anthems, has resulted in the revolutionary project called ‘Joie de Vivre’.
The audience can look forward to experiencing an Opera Divo, a French crooner and a Cabaret Mistress in a heady mix of French songs ranging from Piaff and Brell right through to Modern French Crossover hits. Vocalists Roland Buchanan, Phillipe Abalovi, and Natascha C will be accompanied by the La Africa string quartet and the Maropa Ya Africa Choir.
Munnik Marais, CANSA’s Corporate Relations Manager says, “This production can be described as exotic, extravagant, and unmissable – a concert for the heart and soul. And by attending, you’ll also be supporting our mission and work as funds raised will help fund CANSA’s support and health awareness programmes.”
Bookings may be made through Computicket at R150 per person.
(For more information, please contact Munnik Marais at CANSA at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 083 268 8701)
About the Performers
Roland Buchanan Marais
Roland was born to be a singer – his mother was a coloratura and his father a luthier of fine string instrument. Buchanan took an interest in playing the orchestral flute after seeing Ian Anderson perform Aqualung with his Band Jethro Tull. Amos Eisenberg, fluit virtuoso, was the man responsible for converting Buchanan from a hell raising rocker to an educated classical musician.
Buchanan studied for a BMus degree and had to play a second instrument and it is because of this requirement that Buchanan discovered his singing voice. He was immediately accepted to study with Emma Renzi and also given the lead role in the Opera department’s production of “Trial by jury”. Naturally by then the great honour conferred on him had dawned on Buchanan, and he switched to voice as first instrument and flute became his second instrument. Despite the initial flurry Buchanan’s vocal gifts were slow to develop as his voice was of a unique quality that has to slowly mature over a period of 20 years.
The tragic death of the world famous Baritone, Dimitry Hvorostovsky, due to cancer, spurred Buchanan to reignite his singing career, and since September 2017 it has become his main focus. Buchanan is coached by the celebrated vocal pedagogue Kiewiet Pali who was the natural choice as he had coached the 2018 Unisa International Singing competition winner Cecilia Rangwanasha. The partnership has proved to be an inspired pairing.
Phillipe was born in Benin, Africa, and despite being a French crooner of distinction he has never set foot in France. At a young age he was introduced to French music by a cousin of his that had returned from France with a huge collection of popular French records. Phillipe shared his cousin’s love of music and listened to the likes of Charles Aznevour, George Brassens and Francois Hardy.
Phillipe decided to play guitar and sing because of his love of French music and it came naturally. Blessed with a seductive and lyrical Baritone voice and a sensitive delivery of melody, he could be likened to a ‘French Frank Sinatra’. Phillipe started his singing career in Benin, and then spent some years in Togo and also the Ivory Coast, before coming to South Africa in 1995. He is now a much sought after corporate and private performer with a unique signature sound that cannot be emulated. Phillipe has recorded five CD’s and is also very active as a studio producer and arranger.
Natascha was born of a Dutch / French mother and Dutch / Argentinean father, raised in the Netherlands, also spending four years as a young girl living on the Greek Island Argironisos, and then moving back and forth between SA and the Netherlands. As a deep, soulful, tongue-in-cheek Cabaret artist, she is currently touring SA and performing her latest theatre production ‘Storie & Lied 3’ at many Art festivals. Natascha C is often accompanied by good friend and brilliant pianist Henry-John Williams.
She has written and produced seven theatre productions and has been part of INNIBOS festival since it was founded. She is also well loved for her more Jazzy and Old School favourites, which she performs with great flair at theatres as well as public and corporate events. She can also entertain audiences with her Burlesque performance in a show named “Little Burlesque” featuring one more vocal performer, Burlesque dancers and Famous French Mime artist John Jacobs.
CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R12 million spent annually) and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.
Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support.
We also supply patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients; a Wellness Centre based in Polokwane; and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.
Visit www.cansa.org.za,or contact CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22 or email email@example.com – follow CANSA on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 0721979305 for English and Afrikaans, and 0718673530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati.