The blues has mostly been about a shared experience. And in Her Blues, Luna Paige shares her affinity for the women in this genre by performing the classics, and sharing anecdotes about the blues women who sang them.

The ensemble

The show is directed by Richard H Nosworthy and musical director is Simon Orange. Kevin Gibson is on drums and Sean Sanby handles double bass. Michael Bester plays guitars, Zeke le Grange is on sax, Marco Maritz trumpet and Siya Charles trombone. Adelia Douw backs Luna Paige on vocals.

Choose from four shows

There will be four shows – in Stellenbosch, Bonnievale, Cape Town and Durbanville.​ The run opens in Stellenbosch on 19 May 2018.

Her Blues. Picture: Wilma Kotze
Her Blues. Picture: Wilma Kotze

“Her Blues is about women in the industry, their stories, accomplishments and struggles and how they paved the way for other female stars on some of the biggest stages in the world today,” says Luna.

She journeys from the 1920’s where the blues found its roots in the cotton fields and church. And she ventures into raunchy gin bars, singing songs like Don’t you Feel my Leg by Blu Lu Baker and If I Can’t Sell It! by Ruth Brown.

The cast will also transport blues lovers to the 1960s’ where Nina Simone made an impact writing songs about social issues. Also expect material by Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot, Beth Hart and Amy Winehouse.

What: Her Blues
Gigs/tickets: www.iluminarproductions.co.za
Enquiries: lunapaigemusic@gmail.com, 082 859 2420
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