featuring EMILE MINNIE & GODFREY JOHNSON
NOVEMBER 28 to DECEMBER 07, 2012
7 SHOWS ONLY
Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h30
TICKETS – R75 [Show Only] / R225 [show + 2 course meal] / R275 [show + 3 course meal]
PRICES EXCLUDE A 10% SERVICE CHARGE
BOOKING : www.kbt.co.za
DINNER IS SERVED FROM 7 p.m. AND DESSERT & COFFEE ARE SERVED AFTER THE SHOW
Darlings of the South African cabaret stage, EMILE MINNIE & GODFREY JOHNSON join forces and hands to bring you an evening of fun, humour and fabulous songs.
Fleur du Cap winner Johnson and SAMA award nominee Minnie will be performing raucous hits from the sixties to the naughties in wildly camp cabaret style. Come and see these two captivating artists light up the stage with their humour and energy. Songs include “Love is a Stranger” by Eurythmics, “Holding out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler and “YMCA” by the Village People. For that something extra they will be doing French love songs, as well as a Gaga-Madonna medley in the style of zef rappers Die Antwoord.
The Minnie and Johnson show: a definite must-see!
The Cape Times of September 06, 2011 reviewed the show thus -
“Potpourri of cabaret hits with a local nip and tuck
THE MINNIE AND JOHNSON SHOW. With Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson. ……. ASTRID STARK reviews
WHEN Godfrey Johnson and Emile Minnie get together on stage for the first time, they bring with them a wealth of talent, good humour, enthusiasm and experience. Their show is a potpourri of light-hearted English and Afrikaans cabaret numbers, to which they have added a dash of more sober songs. Together the duo takes us on a journey through music from the 1980s, which they have personalised with their unconventional sense of humour and, at times, bawdy lyrics. Bonnie Tyler, Bronski Beat and Eurythmics all get a bit of a nip and tuck. Both also perform a few original numbers. Their instruments are a keyboard, a clarinet, and a glass and pen, which Johnson uses as a percussion instrument. Their act involves lashings of gentle, self-deprecating humour and it is obvious that they have a lot of respect for each others’ craft and skill.
Minnie recently released his fifth Afrikaans album, Supernova. In 2009, his Nagmusiek CD was nominated for a South African Music Award for Best Alternative Afrikaans Album. His voice is soothing and unpretentious, and he is a skilled clarinettist and keyboard player. Eva, a song written by Minnie, is a tribute to all women that had us in tears. The lyrics are at times unexpectedly moving: Haar hart is sag/soos ‘n blom se lag. (Roughly translated: “Her heart is soft as a flower’s laugh”)
Johnson has established a name for himself with his more serious work, such as The Shadow of Brel, his interpretation of the work of the musical genius of Jacques Brel. In 2010, he was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for this performance. Johnson is also known for his collaborations with Pieter-Dirk Uys in his various cabarets and also for his musical direction for F.A.K Songs and Other Struggle Anthems. During the first half of the evening, he performs Brel’s Carousel with great affection and zeal. He is also skilled at interpreting the lighter side of life. Johnson has an offbeat sense of humour and great comic timing. Unafraid of embracing his inner clown, he uses his rubber face to great effect. Johnson is also adept at playing the keyboard, his fingers effortlessly flying over the keys. His interpretation of Cell Block Tango from the musical Chicago is brilliantly performed and crammed with witty local references.
And Minnie and Johnson’s rendition of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, combining both their voices, is a joy to behold. They have a quick costume change halfway through the performance, when they slip into Springbok shirts and crazy wigs, in keeping with the quirkiness of the show.
The Minnie and Johnson Show will make for a good night out with friends.