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September 26, 2011

My Cape Town concert rocks V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

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It was a day of sunshine, music and crazy love for the Mother City as the My Cape Town Concert rocked the V&A Amphitheatre on Sunday 25 September.

Attended by hundreds of proud Capetonians, including sexy Sama award nominee, singer Chad Saaiman, the concert kept the masses entertained and dancing with a line-up featuring incredible local acts and demonstrations, including Keeno Lee, Blaze, CODA and Dragon Power.

Lee, a successful crooner, was also the MC for this fantastic event and got the crowd going with his soulful set. From original compositions (City Dreams, Your Man, Someday and Hooked) to great covers of hits by US pop and hip-hop stars Chris Brown and Drake, Lee had the audience enthralled.

Following a rousing welcome from Velma Corcoran, Cape Town Tourism’s executive marketing manager, the first of three fantastic giveaways got under way. Up for grabs were vouchers to the city’s best attractions, including the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, City Sightseeing Bus, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and more. When asked what they loved about Cape Town, the several prize contenders had some interesting things to say. Cutie-pie Mila Roth, just eight years old and hailing from Hout Bay, said she loved Cape Town because “it’s a very friendly place”.

The exciting Chavonnes Battery Museum cannon blast set the explosive tone for the next act of the day: Blaze. With their eccentric fusion of jazz, R&B and vibrant African beats, and their covers of chart-toppers by Michael Bublè, Amy Winehouse, The Script, Coldplay and the Jackson 5, they inspired audience members to demonstrate some sharp dancing skills on stage.

Move over Jean-Claude van Damme because Dragon Power’s strong-willed and fleet-footed men and women are taking over the martial arts world. Demonstrating some of their expert moves, these kung fu masters, some as young as six, performed to traditional music.

Well-built men broke wooden boards with their palms and demolished poles with murderous roundhouse kicks, proving that with diligence and determination anything is possible.

A groovy dance contest determined the winner of the grand prize of tickets to Robben Island, MyCiTi bus, Cape Point and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. Two Green Cards to the Table Mountain National Park were also up for grabs. By way of a loud cheer-o-meter, the unanimous vote went to seven-year-old Rhys Orange of Plumstead. Said Dean Orange, Rhys’s dad, “We’ve just returned to Cape Town after a 14-year stay in England. This is a fantastic way to be welcomed home.”

Wrapping up the performance for the day was one of the country’s most-loved bands, CODA. The stunning combo of gorgeous women using classical electric strings and Afro-jazz sax, singing their own songs and mixing things up with hits by Brenda Fassie, ensured the concert ended on a high note.

Here’s to next year’s awesome My Cape Town Concert.

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