The Nederburg Wine Estate is the spot to see musician Jonathan Butler on Saturday, 13 October 2018.
The Athlone-born superstar will be backed up by the Top Dog band. Other performers include gospel sensation Jonathan Rubain, saxophonist Dale Patience, vocal powerhouse Elwira Standili, Paarl rapper Mr Ferl and another Paarl boy, talented keyboard player Marco Mentoor with MM Productions.
John Maralack from Connect Church (previously the Valley Christian Fellowship), who are presenting the show as a fundraiser, said they were lucky to get Butler to perform for them. “We have done some shows on a smaller scale before, but nothing nearly as big as this one. We actually got him through a common friend.”
“He was in the country and he was available, so we thought it would be a good thing to get him to perform. I think the last time Jonathan performed in Paarl was in the early 80’s, so it’s a good thing for Paarl – to come out and see a world superstar in action. We will also have the Mayor of the Drakenstein Municipality, Conrad Poole, there to welcome Jonathan.”
Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music. I can’t dismiss where I’ve been or where I’ve come from. I’m a proud South African and I came from nothing,” he says.
Jonathan Butler released his first album in 1973, winning the Best New Artist Award in South Africa when he was 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records (Please Stay went double gold and I Love How You Love Me went gold) in 1975.
Jonathan Butler later moved to London after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the UK and US. He got Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit Lies and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental Going Home.
Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar. “I don’t think I’ve ever really celebrated these moments in my life. I’ve spent my whole life taking care of people ever since I was seven. And I’m grateful, but this is the season of me.”
Last year, he launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation, which serves South African children aged 4 -17 operating with the mission statement, “Purpose kills addiction.”
The concert on the weekend is a picnic concert, so bring chairs and blankets, no tables are allowed. Don’t bring alcohol as it will be on sale. A guitar signed by Butler and an oil painting of Butler performing, created by Lymanyi Belachew during the show, will be on auction.
Live Bands Cape Town 2018: https://weekendspecial.co.za/whats-on-in-cape-town-music-diary/
Who: Jonathan Butler South Africa
What: Jonathan Butler Paarl concert
Where: Nederburg Wine Estate Paarl
When: Saturday 13 October, 5pm. Gates 4pm
Tickets: VIP tickets R500, includes VIP seating, snacks, meet and greet, VIP parking, else R200 but if you buy over 10 it’s R150. Gate tickets R250. Under 12s free
Jonathan Butler tickets: www.webtickets.co.za, Pick n Pay
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, John Maralack 061-5421598