Bay’s Dikana set to dazzle

Thulani Gqirana

MULTI-platinum selling songstress Zonke Dikana will give audiences some of their favourites as well as a taste of her new music during her two-day show in Port Elizabeth this weekend.

The award-winning Port Elizabeth-born singer is jetting into the city tomorrow for a show she says will be “100% live”.

She was originally billed to play one night at the Boardwalk but, after tickets sold out due to popular demand, organisers have obliged fans with one more evening with the star.

She will perform at the Boardwalk’s International Convention Centre tonight and tomorrow night.

The talented Dikana said fans could expect most of the songs that they loved from her album, Ina Ethe.

“And some from the album before that.

“I play with a nine-piece band so a 100% live show is what we do on stage. I have quite an amazing band so people can come and just have fun.

“They can sing along to their favourites,” Dikana said.

The Jik’izinto singer said she loved the fact that she will not have to translate any of her song titles during the show.

“Sometimes it takes time to explain the meaning of a song title when it’s a Xhosa title, so at least here I won’t have to do that. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

“A lot of people were crying that they didn’t have tickets and wanted to come to the show so the organisers asked me if I wanted to do a second one and I said yes.

“Wherever I perform, all my shows are sold out and it’s even more special that it is happening at home. It means that Port Elizabeth is supporting me.

“It means it’s not just people from other places who fully support me but people from home. That’s great.”

Dikana said she would give audiences a taste of a new song that is featured in her latest DVD, which was released earlier this month.

“The DVD has songs from Ina Ethe and Life, Love and Music and I put in a new song called Say Now, which people are loving and it is doing well on the charts, so I’ll probably do that song because it’s the song that we are pushing now and which we will be shooting a video to later.

“Just to give people something new. Not to say they are tired of Ina Ethe because they really, really love that album but we all love new things, so it’s like a bonus thing to say there is more where this came from.”

Dikana said it had been a while since she performed in the city.

“Whenever it looked like I was going to perform in Port Elizabeth something would happen, like people advertising for shows without contacting us and we would end up having to do damage control.

“People would advertise a show without consulting us, and people would pay for tickets and there is no show. There has been quite a lot of that in Port Elizabeth.”

Dikana said she had told fans on Twitter and Facebook about her upcoming show, assuring them that it was “for real”.

“Once I start doing that, then fans know it is legit.

“What I like now about people is once they see a poster saying I am coming to perform, they tweet or Facebook me asking if I am really performing there.”

Dikana, whose extended family in the city will be supporting her, said that after her shows here she had performances lined up in Mozambique, Botswana and Cape Town.

“And that’s all this month. Rest and time off do not feature at all in my vocabulary.”

Tickets for the three-hour show tomorrow, which will also feature Modern Tribe, Nosisi and Lelethu, are R150 and R200 for VIPs.

Gates open at 6.30pm.

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