He came…they saw him…he conquered! The ‘Mozart of Mumbai’, A.R Rahman, together with a slick, professional cast of over 35 talented performers, set the Sun City Superbowl alight, as he stepped out for the first show on the South African leg of the A.R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour’, on Saturday night.
Accolades have been pouring in for a show hailed by some as… “the best live show ever seen in this country” and “something for everybody… don’t miss it.” The three-hour extravaganza, complete with spectacular sound, mind-boggling visual effects and lighting and a hand-picked cast of top-drawer musicians, dancers and singers, is a large theatrical spectacle in every sense. Artistic director Amy Tinkham, together with musical director, John Bleasey, have pulled out all the stops to make sure Rahman’s first trip to South Africa, will not be his last.
Thanks to the artistic genius of some of the world’s top stage producers, musicians and performers, the audience is taken on a rollercoaster journey that is at the same time spiritual and sensitive, cultural and contemporary, pop and playback. There is indeed something for everyone. A special treat for Durbanites, is an appearance by the Soweto Gospel Choir, who have been invited to perform live with the glittering cast.The Durban event, the first concert to take place in any post-World Cup stadium, promises to be the piece de resistance of the nation-wide tour, as the City is ‘home’ to the largest population of Indians in the country. In addition, The Moses Mabhida Stadium, will be the backdrop for the filming of an HD special, for international distribution to an estimated 300-400 million viewers worldwide.
A.R Rahman fans will not be disappointed as he covers the full gamut of favourite film tunes including Rangeela Re (Rangeela), Chaiyya Chaiyya (Dil Se), Mehendi Hai Rachnewali (Zubeida), Mitwa (Lagaan), Kabhi Neem Neem (Yuva), Tere Bina (Guru), Jashn E Bahara and Khwaja (Jodha Akbar) and Guzaarish (Ghajini), amongst others. The highlight of the show has to be Jai Ho from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, which promises to have Moses Mabhida rocking in unison on Friday night.
TOUR ITINERARY NOVEMBER 2010
Wednesday, 24 November
The Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town at 20:00
Friday, 26 November
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban at 20:00
Tickets are available from Computicket on 083 915 8000, and outlets countrywide.
*All Golden Circle tickets are seated but unreserved
*Family Pack Discount of 25% available on the purchase of FOUR tickets or more for ALL shows