PJ Powers Still Feeling So Strong

OMC15SINGING icon PJ Powers hosts her retrospective show, Firefly, at the GrandWest Roxy Revue Bar between 07 February and 29 March.

With a singing career that began in the late 1970s, Powers’ career has many highlights. She has recorded 16 albums, was banned from radio and TV for a year by the apartheid government, and was encouraged by Nelson Mandela, among others, to continue her singing.

Firefly will hopefully give PJ a chance to tell some stories about starting out in 1979, forming the band Hotline, and more. 

In 1995, for example, she performed the song “World In Union” at the opening of the 1995 Rugby World Cup in Cape Town for a worldwide television audience

She has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Hugh Masekela, Lord Richard Attenborough and many others. She has sung for Queen Elizabeth, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and at the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela.

Many of her songs have become well-loved hits, including “Feel So Strong”, “You’re So Good To Me”, “There Is An Answer”, “Home To Africa” and “Jabulani”.

But it has not been all been plain sailing, and in Firefly, the woman known to family and friends as Penelope Dunlop takes you through her personal journey, through the highs and lows, and rises and falls that have prepared her spectacular career.

In true PJ Powers style, she does it by performing some of her greatest hits in South African music with her trademark sense of humour.

The show includes a mix of her well-loved hits, as well as brand-new songs from her new album, Destiny.

20:00. R90 via Computicket. The show runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 7 February and 29 March.

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