Day 10 at the 2014 National Arts Festival saw the first of a two show run of Singstruments, a collaborative effort by 5 former Standard Bank Young Artists. Sibongile Khumalo, the 1993 winner took charge of the evening in which each of the four ladies of song was able to demonstrate their vocal abilities. Accompanying the divas on piano was 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist winner Bokani Dyer. The evening began slowly with a prayerful song, performed acapella by the four ladies, Khumalo with Tutu Puoane, Melanie Scholtz and Gloria Bosman. Tunes by Victor Ntoni and Caiphus Semenya, arranged by Tshepo Mngoma formed a part of the evening’s songbook. As the evening progressed the show became more upbeat culminating in a rendition of a new tune by Melanie Scholtz called Strong Bones followed by a powerful rendition of Brenda Fassie’s ‘Too Late For Mama’. This closing number being the first time in the evening that the four powerful, and vastly different vocalists came close to sounding like a unit.
Etienne is a proud lover of South African jazz, and host of the weekly JazzE Radio Show on Bakgat Radio. He works as an IT Service Management consultant and trainer.