Magical Evening at Alma Cafe

We had a full house at Alma Cafe last night for our first public singer-songwriter showcase and what a night to remember! Grant Ross making his professional music debut, kicked the evening off with twenty minutes of easy listening acoustic folk, blues, country and pop. His set included a mix of original compositions and songs by some of his favourite songwriters. The listener comment that, 'he sounds so natural' accurately summed up Grant's performance.

Monique Hellenberg was next on stage. Monique is clearly entering a new and very powerful phase as a solo performer, having in her short professional career already amassed an impressive list of credits as session performer with some of the country's top groups.  Her original repertoire except for the hit 'This Is How It Goes' which she sang with Goldfish, was personal, emotional, courageous and moving. Monique sang and played piano beautifully.

Beverly Rinkwest's splendid voice fllled every inch of the room when she opened the second half of the show with a sensuous ballad sung in French. That set the tone for the fifteen minutes of world music that followed. Highlights of Bev's performance were 'Die Dans' an original composition inspired by the words of Canadian writer Oriah Mountain Dreamer and a rhythmic latin slow dance ballad by Brazilian master writer Roberto Carlos. Requests for recorded music from Beverly did not go unnoticed ... it's time for recording, Bev!

The show culminated with Selim Kagee, recently signed to EMI Music, taking the stage.  Selim, a classical crossover star in the making sang with power and presence.  Like all of the performers on the night, Selim presented a set of songs with a signature sound. Listeners were treated to a taste of things to come from this emerging singer-songwriter with a wonderful baritone voice brilliantly accompanied by Riaan van Wyk on piano. Selim starts recording his debut CD in September.

Thanks to Richard, Retha and Jonathan from the Alma Cafe for the charming venue and great sound ... it was a night to remember!