PERFORMING for 2000 people a night, sometimes three or four nights out of seven, might seem like quite a heavy and daunting workload for a singer.
But then if you’re on a luxury cruise liner visiting such exotic locations as the Caribbean, Jamaica and the Canary Islands, well it kind of makes up for it doesn’t it?
That’s the life today of young Nelson Mandela Bay singer Jace Bowren, who has recently been travelling the world after launching his career with Centrestage in the city just a few years ago – the entertainment group he credits with having provided the perfect grounding.
“Now I get to see all these weird and wonderful places all over the world.”
During a short break between cruise ships, Bowren will be joining another top local performer, Thuba Myeki, again for one last time to salute big band icon Michael Buble in Centrestage’s From Big Band to Hollywood at The Music Kitchen in the Bay next Friday, April 12.
“I wasn’t going to, but then I decided to return to attend my psychology honours graduation and Gary [Hemmings of Centrestage] thought it would be great for us to do the show one more time while I’m here.”
Bowren has previously performed on the Deliziosa on a world tour, which took him as far afield as Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Dubai.
“I’m part of an international cast of 10 to 12 people including dancers and we usually entertain some 2000 people per night during two shows – 1000 per show.”
Bowren said that because the nationalities of the passengers differed considerably – from Germans, French and Italians to Brazilians, Portuguese and Dutch – the entertainment they provided had to cater accordingly to just about everyone.
“It’s two performances per night and on a world tour, you might perform twice in a seven-day period, while on a seven-day cruise, it could be three or four nights. And every show is different.”
The cast, fortunately, is also just as international and, apart from South Africans, includes performers from Ukraine, Brazil, Hungary, the UK and New Zealand.
“After next week’s show, I’ll be off on the Luminosa to the Caribbean, Miami, Jamaica, Mexico, the Canary Islands and some other islands.”
But before he does that, he has his Bay gig.
For long-time Buble enthusiasts, Bowren and Myeki’s show combines a spirited sense of interaction, fun and great vocal harmonies to pay tribute to the raconteur showman, Hemmings said.
Cry Me A River, I’ve Got the World on a String, Mr Bojangles, All of Me, Me and Mrs Jones, Mac the Knife, That’s Life, Crazy Love and How Sweet it Is to Be Loved By You, are just some of the numbers in the line-up.
Six new songs have also been added for the final version of the show, adding additional classics such as Feeling Good, Come Fly With Me, For Once in My Life, Hold On, Sway and Buble’s version of the Maroon 5 hit This Love.
The one-off performance will also see the inclusion of Buble’s brand new track It’s a Beautiful Day from his upcoming new album To Be Loved, which is due for international release just three days after the concert. Tickets cost R90 (R80 each for six or more) and are available from the Music Kitchen on (041)364-1964.