Classic meets pop with an African flair

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Gifted Folks is a diversely united African classical crossover musical ensembleA lunch hour concert with a difference will be presented at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square this Friday, July 27, at 13:00 with Gifted Folks!

Gifted Folks is a diversely united African classical crossover musical ensemble of singers, instrumentalists and songwriters. This ensemble comprises of vocally talented and classically trained singers accompanied by fine instruments. The unique arrangements include musical instruments such as violins, a trumpet and synthesizer, guitars, a saxophone, a piano, a marimba, congas, drums and rattles. Gifted Folks beautifully blend classical, sacred and popular music with an African flavour in a mesmerizing crossover genre.

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Since its formation, this very young group has presented more than 10 concerts in South Africa. It is now on the verge of releasing its very first maxi single album. Gifted Folks’ vision is to become an accomplished world-renowned African classical crossover ensemble of talented artists: the “African” version of the greatly respected Andre Rieu’s ensemble. They are passionate about Africa and embrace diversity, hence their music genre of African Classical Crossover!

Let this world-class ensemble of talented musicians introduce you to their unique style – where Classic meets Pop with an African flair!

This lunch hour mini-concert in Sandton Square will take you on a musical roller-coaster of awesomeness with a crossover repertoire which will include:

  • You Raise Me Up: A song made popular by Josh Groban, re-arranged in African classical crossover with Swahili lyrics by Gifted Folks
  • Toreador Aria (Carmen Opera, G. Bizet)
  • Loliwe: A song by South African pop artist Zahara, with a special Gifted Folks flavour
  • Thula Baba: A South African lullaby re-arranged in African classical crossover with an original oriental twist

In addition, you will discover Gifted Folks multi-layered talent in their rendition of other beautiful melodies such as Ave Maria (Gomez), Amigos Para Siempre, Funiculi/Funicula, Malaika … with most of them uniquely arranged in African Classical Crossover style.

Tickets (unreserved) are R50 and include coffee and biscuits. They are available at the theatre from 12:30. For more information call the theatre on 011 883 8606.

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