The ultimate Luther Vandross tribute show comes to Cape Town this November
The soulful sounds of Luther Vandross comes to Cape Town in an unforgettable tribute show. Cape Town-born singing sensation, Fagrie Isaacs, who industry insiders have lauded as one of the best Luther Vandross tribute acts, will be performing at Hillsong Church, Century City this November.
With almost 35 years of experience entertaining audiences across the world, the Cape Town-born, Strandfontein-raised Isaacs (41) brings his incredible stage presence and soulful voice to the show entitled, Here and Now, presented by SME and Fi6 Music on Saturday 12 November.
“As a long-time fan of the dynamic and talented late Luther Vandross, I never had the opportunity to experience a Live Luther event, so I intend to offer my audience the opportunity to experience what I think I would have if I attended one of his shows. I want my audience to experience my love and admiration for Luther and give them a taste of what it could have been like if he was alive to do his own show”, says Isaacs sharing that he will be accompanied by Salome, Andrea Fortuin, and former Idols winner, Jody Williams, with comedian Carl Weber as the MC on the evening.
He adds: They can expect some of my all-time favourites, from love ballads, popular duets, get-up, and dance songs, and his most iconic ballads like Impossible dream, Here and Now, Power of love, and many more. They can expect a full stage production with a live band, backing vocals along with all the bells and whistles”.
s love for Vandross was instilled in childhood, only growing stronger over the years, “I remember it very clearly as if it was yesterday, I was sleeping over at my uncle’s place and my cousin came home with a new cd that he had purchased, he immediately played Impossible dream and I remember it made me feel something that no other song has ever done, I was not sure whether it was the silky tone that he projected or the magical arrangement of the music but something about that had touched my soul and it has never left until this day. That cd was on repeat for many months thereafter,” he reminisces.
The tribute show acts as a coming of age for the singer who recently embarked on a full-time musical career, “I have been performing for more than 35 years, but only this year I decided to do singing as a full-time career. I have had smaller shows and productions in small venues but this would be my first big production in a large venue since Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and we intend to pull out all the stops with this production,” he says.
Venue: Hillsong Church, Century City
Dates: Saturday 12 November 2022
Prices: Upstairs seating – R180 / General seating: R200 / Golden Circle (VIP): R350
Bookings: Tickets can be purchased via Naz Jacobs: 076 866 9767.
ABOUT FAGRIE ISAACS
- Fagrie Isaacs started his musical journey at the age of six when he was the lead vocalist for his school choir. His love for music encouraged him to sing whenever and wherever he could and started a family group performing in various musical productions.
- He later joined Cape Town’s biggest and most loved boy band The Boyz and was their lead singer for many years. The album called Getting Ready for the Party was released in 2010, for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, this led up to Fagrie being the lead male vocalist for the production of the Cape Carnival album.
- In local productions, Fagrie (with The Boyz) performed at the 2014 Music Alla Kaap and 2017 Rocking the City, an Alistair Isobel Production.
- As a solo artist, he featured in quite a few local music productions in the Mother City. In 2014, he started his own events production company, Fi6 Events & Projects, producing sold-out events like FabuSolo featuring band artists who went solo and in 2015 – 2018 productions like FabuSOUL featuring artists and band members, this included artists like The Rockets.
- Fagrie is also one of the three voices of the soulful trio with Nur Abrahams and Tye Platinum called SoulCut3 and had successful runs at Baxter Theatre, Roxy Revue bar as well as at the Divos 2017 with artists like Garth Taylor, Loyiso, Danny K, Lloyd Cele (Supreme3) at the Grand Arena.
- He was also the lead singer in his Islamic Gospel band called Unity and has performed nationally, and was the headline act for 5 years at the Al Ansaar Souk at the Durban ICC which is the biggest souk in the Southern hemisphere hosting over 350 000 people over 6 days. UNITY has also toured the UK after releasing their debut album called In Love and War where he wrote and composed most of the songs featured on the album, Listen to Oceans Apart.
- Fagrie also has a passion for the Malay choirs and is a Solo and Nederlands singer in the Malay choirs. The group Cape Malay Stars was invited to perform in New York at the iconic Carnegie Hall at the South African Ubuntu Festival in 2014.
- Part of his diverse culture and passion for music has him as the TOP prize winner for the Coon song item boasting a whopping 19 first prize awards, the highest record ever. Fagrie also has a passion for the Malay choirs and is a Solo and Nederlands singer in the Malay choirs. The group Cape Malay Stars was invited to perform in New York at the iconic Carnegie Hall at the South African Ubuntu Festival in 2014.
- Part of his diverse culture and passion for music has him as the TOP prize winner for the Coon song item boasting a whopping 19 first prize awards, the highest record ever.
- With almost 35 years of experience of entertaining audiences across the world, the stage has become his playground with an incredible stage presence and soulful voice he captures his audience so easily. His musical delivery, dynamic vocal ability, and range make Fagrie Isaacs an artist to take note of. Fagrie is currently managed by Simplified Management & Events (SME) and their journey together marks the beginning of bigger things yet to come.