Jonathan Butler Live in Paarl
By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | October 11, 2018
Capetonians will have the privilege of seeing South African-born music superstar Jonathan Butler in action this Saturday at the Nederburg Wine Farm in Paarl.
Butler, who was born in Athlone on the Cape Flats during the Apartheid years, will be backed up by local band Top Dog. Other performers on the bill include local gospel and jazz sensation Jonathan Rubain, saxophonist Dale Patience, vocal powerhouse Elwira Standili, Paarl rapper Mr Ferl and another Paarl boy, the talented keyboard player Marco Mentoor with MM Productions.
John Maralack from the Connect Church (previously the Valley Christian Fellowship), who is 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 – and the Western Cape – 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.”
The youngest of 13 children, Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music,” he says. “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.”
Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Award in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist to play 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 as he became a teenager.
More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA.
He received 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.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel.
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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.”
Butler is still taking care of people back home. Last year, he launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs that give children the purpose to overcome a life of drugs and poverty just as he did. The music and arts programs serving South African children ages 4-17 operate with the mission statement, “Purpose kills addiction.”
Saturday’s concert starts at 17:00 with gates opening at 16:00. VIP tickets cost R500, which include VIP seating, snacks, a meet and greet, and VIP parking. Other tickets cost R200, but people who buy more than ten tickets will get them at R150. Tickets are available online at Webtickets and at Pick n Pay. Tickets bought at the gate on Saturday will cost R250. Kids under 12 get free entry.
It is a picnic concert, so people are welcome to bring chairs and blankets, but no tables are allowed. No alcohol will be allowed, as it will be on sale.
A guitar signed by Butler and an oil painting of Butler performing, created by Iymanyi Belachew during the show, will be on auction.
For more information:
Call: John Maralack at 061-5421598.
RELEASED by TEAM AK MEDIA on behalf of The Connect Church
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