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Houston, we don’t have a problem: concert to aid ABH

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An internationally acclaimed tribute singer and two of the country’s best loved comediennes are on the bill for I’m Every Woman, a Sibiya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom fundraising concert in aid of the Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH).

The Friday (July 26) iZulu Theatre concert stars Belinda Davids, a South African singer who has carved out a global career as a Whitney Houston tribute act. 

Port Elizabeth-born Davids has been performing Houston hits since 2013 and has tours planned for the US, UK and Russia for the rest of the year and is fully booked for a worldwide tour until 2021. 

In a recent Weekend Argus report she said: “This is not me just replicating Whitney Houston, it’s paying homage to my idol and keeping her music alive.” 

Dazzling

She credits Houston, a technically dazzling mezzo-soprano, with helping make her the singer she is today.

Houston, who died in 2012, was one of the most awarded women artists and best-selling music artists of all time. 

She recorded “I’m Every Woman” for The Bodyguard film soundtrack, released in 1993, and it proved to be a huge hit.

Joining Davids for the 8pm show are Leeanda Reddy and Jailoshini Naidoo. The two are celebrated local stage, small and big screen actresses as well as popular comic acts.

Jailoshini Naidoo
Leeanda Reddy

East Coast Radio DJ Thandolwethu Tsekiso will compère the show.

Nirode Bramdaw, an ABH board member, said Naidoo was one of their brand ambassadors – one of the many who give their time and talent voluntarily to keep the 98-year-old non-government organisation going.

He told Umhlanga Tourism that the ABH touches 1000 lives full- and part-time through its care work for the aged, frail, paraplegics, quadriplegics, victims of domestic violence, orphans and vulnerable children.

Orphans

It operates out of seven centres, including four operations in Durban, two orphanages in Gauteng and a charity board in Cape Town.

It has a R52 million annual budget.

“Our funding is 50 percent from the state, the balance we have to fund through activities like the (Friday) show,” said Bramdaw. 

He said the show’s title echoed its all-women line-up and was a way of honouring women ahead of Women’s Month, in August

Those unable to make it to Sibiya on Friday can catch Davids at the ABH Chatsworth Fair, at the Chatsworth circus site, on Saturday, 27 July.

Tickets for the Sibaya show are R300 and R350. To book call Natashia at 082 759 8224.

Umhlanga Tourism