Join favourite all female vocal group, 4 Tons of Fun in a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at the Drama Factory. The quartet of Cape Town vocalists with their amazing voices, big talents and big laughs will celebrate through song, the life of a woman who influenced generations of singers and touched the lives of so many.
Following the untimely death of Aretha Franklin in August 2018, the three founder members of 3 Tons of Fun, Sthe Mfuphi (Saxy Sthe), Bulelwa Sakayi (Beautiful Bee) and Michelle Thomas (Mysterious Mich) together with powerhouse Soi Soi Gqeza, have produced a fitting tribute to this iconic singer. Included in their Tribute to Aretha Franklin will be lesser known favourites like “Chain of Fools” and “A Deeper Love” as well as the big numbers such as “Respect”, “Natural Woman” and “Ain’t no Mountain”.
Queen of Soul
The undisputed Queen of Soul created a legacy that spans an incredible six decades. Over the course of her career, Franklin garnered 44 Grammy nominations, winning 18, and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Aretha Franklin’s powerful distinctive gospel-honed vocal style has influenced countless singers across multi-generations justifiably earning her the Rolling Stone magazine’s No 1 place on a list of Greatest Singers of All Time. She didn’t just sing with soul, she was soul.
In this performance Sthe, Bee, Michelle and Soi Soi, with their amazing voices will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin with great fun, positive energy, big smiles and entertainment that guarantees to have the audience on their feet.
4 Tons of Fun – meet the women
Sthe Mfophi (also known as Saxy Sthe) has her roots in Kwa Zulu Natal, where she studied jazz at the Natal Technikon before moving to Cape Town in 2002. As a talented songwriter and extraordinary vocalist, she penned three songs for the 3 Tons of Fun debut album Larger than Life. A music video for her original song “Usibali” was released in 2014. She also currently performs as a solo artiste and has been a prelim judge for Idols SA for the past five years.
Bulelwa Sakayi (also known as Beautiful Bee) is from the Eastern Cape’s East London. She moved to Cape Town to study chemical engineering but not finding it sufficiently emotionally challenging, she decided to pursue a career in the performing arts, singing in choral ensembles and joining an actor’s agency. She has travelled internationally performing in a number of film productions including the widely acclaimed UCarmen EKhayelitsha as Frasquita. She is frequently seen in television advertisements and on stage as well as adding the playful flavour to 3 Tons of Fun.
Michelle Thomas (also known as Mysterious Michelle) is a home-grown girl. Losing her drummer father at an early age was the catalyst for Michelle to begin to sing and perform. Despite her family’s ambition of her achieving a Bachelor’s degree at UWC which she eventually abandoned in the third year, she decided to follow her lifelong passion of singing and performing, joining Sthe and Bee in 2007 to form 3 Tons of Fun.
Soi Soi Gqeza (also known as Sultry Soi Soi) is a Cape Town local, who began her singing career as a backing vocalist for artists like Ringo Madlingozi, Brenda Fassie, Lucky Dube and Winston Mankunku Ngozi. Together with her band, she performs at local restaurants, private functions, weddings and corporate events, and has taken her music as far as Spain, Vietnam, Bahrain and Thailand. Her varied repertoire of light jazz standards, Afro-jazz and old-school party favourites has entertained local audiences and dignitaries including former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela.
What: 4 Tons of Fun – Tribute to Aretha Franklin
Where and when: The Drama Factory, Somerset West on 10 and 11 May 2019
Book: The Drama Factory