Last year I had the privilege of attending the Divas Unite concert and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. I was blown away by the amazing talent and left the concert feeling empowered, and happy that I chose to spend Women’s Day there. This year is no different, top South African female vocalists is set to wow the Grand Arena audience at GrandWest on the 9th of August for the Divas Unite concert.
Divas Unite 2016, a spectacular annual benefit concert designed to celebrate Women’s Day in magnificent style, will feature leading songstresses Thembeka Mnguni, Rouchelle Liedemann, Adelia Douw, Kim Kallie, Judy Page, Bev Scott-Brown, Magdalene Minnaar, Lynelle Kenned and seven-time SAMA-nominated girl band, BlackByrd.
Says event producer, Barbara Lenhard, ‘Following the success of the first Divas Unite concert presented in the Cape Town City Hall last year, we are delighted that GrandWest came on board this year. In the true spirit of togetherness and unity, this gives us the wonderful opportunity to raise funds for two charitable organisations and pay tribute to South Africa’s exceptional women in an even bigger way with an amazing selection of incredible singers and musicians.’
‘Just to highlight a few, Thembeka Mnguni recently captured the hearts of South African TV audiences when she was selected as one of the finalists of The Voice SA. She was the first talent who had three coaches turn their chairs during her blind audition and she also landed an exclusive recording contract. Recently, acclaimed soprano, Magdalene Minnaar, was invited to share the stage with international superstar, Josh Groban, and in March this year, TV presenter and soprano, Lynelle Kenned, walked away with a prestigious Fleur du Cap Award for her performance as Maria in West Side Story. Adelia Douw, the vivacious young jazz songstress from Cape Town, who won the Open Mic Jazz Competition last year, is definitely another star in the making.’
A new addition to the concert this year will be performances by the Winner and all finalists of the first Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition. The exciting new talent search, open to young female singers between ages 8 – 18, was hosted at the V&A Waterfront in June where the remarkably talented, Dirja Lekas, from Strand was crowned as the ‘Young Diva 2016’.
The powerful musical accompaniment will be provided by an all-female Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Divas Unite Choir and newly found violin duo, The Grey. The conductor will be the dashing, Brandon Phillips and the show will be compèred by award-winning TV presenter, Katlego Maboe.
Divas Unite 2016 is a concert for the whole family and tickets are available through Computicket. General admission ticket prices range from R180 – R220 and only R120 for children ages 6-12. In support of women in need, a percentage of ticket sales will benefit the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children in Athlone, as well as Project Flamingo which supports breast cancer patients in the public health sector.
Divas Unite ticket holders also stand the chance of winning a fantastic prize. LUX Resorts and Hotels, in association with Air Mauritius and Divas Unite will give away a 7-day dream holiday for 2 people at the 4-star beach hotel Tamassa in Mauritius. To find out more and stand the chance to WIN, visit www.divas-unite.co.za or facebook.com/divasuniteSA.
Diarise this event ladies and gents, you do not want to miss it!
Love and light,