South African sensation Johnny Clegg makes Dubai stop on his ‘Final Journey’
It’s hard not to bob your head or dance along to Johnny Clegg’s music.
The South African singer-songwriter has his own brand of sound, seamlessly combining Zulu and Western beats.
But behind his catchy, upbeat tunes is an accidental message of unity – Clegg was subject to harassment because of his collaboration with black musicians during the apartheid era.
For decades he was the face and voice of two successful bands, Juluka and Savuka.
Their songs made their way into the soundtracks of Hollywood films, including Oscar-winner ‘Rain Man’ and the UK singles charts, and earned them a Grammy nomination.
And in 1999, he and his Savuka bandmates performed and shared a stage with none other than Nelson Mandela, to whom they dedicated a song called ‘Asimbonanga’.
The master of hybrid rhythms will be performing hit after hit at Dubai Opera in September, as part of his last world tour before he retires, aptly name The Final Journey.
He tells us more about his last series of shows, and why Dubai Opera is an exciting venue to perform:
Female power at Dubai Opera this year
Evita isn’t the only boss-lady dominating the Dubai Opera stage in the coming months.
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga is set to serenade the UAE audience with a number of Broadway classics, and childhood favourites.
Starting as a child actor and singer in the Philippines, Lea’s big break came when she was chosen to play Kim in the hit musical Miss Saigon.
Showing her versatility, she went on to lend her singing voice to Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin.
Her long list of credentials includes sold-out performances in her hometown of Manila, New York, London and Kuala Lumpur.
Lea says the repertoire for her debut performance in the emirate will be a balance of international hits and Filipino favourites.
Dubai Opera is setting the stage for Lea’s debut in the emirate, with two shows in September.
It’s official: Evita is coming to Dubai
Dubai Opera has confirmed that it will start 2018 by staging the critically acclaimed musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice.
The production about the rise and fall of the controversial Argentine political leader will include the smash hit ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’.
Dubai Opera CEO Jasper Hope got listeners excited as he announced the news on Dubai Eye 103.8’s The Ticket:
Dubai Opera: A Look Back, A Look Ahead
Dubai Opera marks the first half of the year by looking back at some of the best performances it has staged in the past six months.
CEO Jasper Hope has a few favourites. Listen in:
And the UAE’s only opera house promises an equally exciting second half of the year, with more voices and visuals to delight a diverse audience.
MORE ON DUBAI OPERA
Ever since Dubai Opera opened its doors, audiences from the UAE and beyond have been blown away by the world class talent and entertainment at Dubai’s newest cultural destination.
From the building’s stunning design which takes inspiration from Emirati culture, to the state-of-the-art auditorium, there was much excitement even before opening night.
At Dubai Eye 103.8, our mission is to keep you across all of the information to come out of Dubai Opera and that’s where the team from The Tickets will come in. Tune in every Wednesday at 3.30pm for a weekly spot, dedicated to keep you up to date with interviews and sneak previews.
All of these interviews and sneak previews wouldn’t be possible without the man who makes the decisions at Dubai Opera, Jasper Hope.
Jasper Hope is Chief Executive of Dubai Opera.
Prior to his role at Dubai Opera, Jasper held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Albert Hall in London. As one of the world’s leading cultural and entertainment destinations, Jasper was responsible for the successful implementation of all operational management criteria and the leadership of the day-to-day business of the Hall.
Under his leadership, the prestigious venue achieved close to 400 events each year, making it one of the busiest and most successful venues in the world.
Renowned in the industry as a creative, commercial and resourceful leader, Jasper has proven experience in successfully delivering a programme of change for the venues he leads in addition to conceptualising and executing a diverse range of notable events in unique venues.
To hear more from Jasper and his interviews so far with The Ticket, click on the below interviews: