Directed by Richard Nosworthy
The Blues has always been about a shared experience. In Her Blues Luna Paige shares her affinity for the ladies in this genre. They have consistently shown that music has the power to be an instrument of change. Luna Paige performs some of the most famous songs and shares anecdotes about the women in Blues who sang them. Her Blues is about women in the music industry, their stories, their accomplishments, their struggles and how they paved the way for successful female stars who today grace some of the biggest stages in the world.
Luna takes the audience on a journey from as early as the 1920’s where the Blues found its roots in the cotton fields and the church. She ventures into the raunchy Gin bars where naughty blues was prevalent, and singers weren’t scared to push boundaries and break ties with traditional perceptions on womanhood. Famous Blues and Jazz-influenced tunes by singers such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Aretha Franklin can be enjoyed while time traveling through the twenties right up to the fifties when females became lead singers and managers for all-male big bands.
The cast will also transport blues lovers into the 60s’ where social and political activists such as Nina Simone made an impact on the blues and jazz scenes and wrote songs about social issues such as racial and sexual inequality. One cannot forget about the ground-breaking Janis Joplin! Blues-rock fans can also look forward to songs by modern singer-songwriters who were all influenced by the legendary blues women from the past.
Songs by artists such as Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot, Beth Hart and Amy Winehouse can be expected. Luna herself introduces one of her own blues tunes in the show.
Luna Paige is known as one of SA’s strongest female vocalists. She acts as lead vocalist in this show and it is her first time doing a full-blown blues show. She’s excited to perform songs by female artists who have inspired her as a performer. She is backed by the formidable jazz singer Adelia Douw. In 2019 Adelia Douw will also perform 2 of her own selection of blues songs. This singer has a tremendous stage personality and vocal talent.
Don’t miss this celebration of good music and blues by some of Western Cape’s top musicians. The show is directed by Richard H Nosworthy and the musical director is Simon Orange. The band consists of a selection of the following musicians: Luna Paige, Adelia Douw & Thandeka Dladla on vocals; Simon Orange on keys; Kevin Gibson on drums; Michael Bester on guitars; Sean Sanby, Stephen de Souza and Shaun Johannes on bass; Zeke le Grange on sax, Marco Maritz and Lorenzo Blignaut on trumpet; Siya Charles and Angus Petersen on trombone.