Mini rocker Jaykob, 3, on a roll

CENTRESTAGE: Jaykob Britz  (on stage and inset) of Lorraine has been taking Centrestage audiences by storm with his impromptu playing
CENTRESTAGE: Jaykob Britz (on stage and inset) of Lorraine has been taking Centrestage audiences by storm with his impromptu playing

HAVING already wowed a 900-strong audience during a Centrestage ABBA show in Nelson Mandela Bay last year, three-year-old mini rocker Jaykob Britz of Port Elizabeth is certainly on a roll.

Since he is endowed with deep blue eyes, long blonde hair and handsome looks, one could be forgiven for mistaking Britz for a very young Kurt Cobain of Nirvana fame, especially during his surprise, impromptu appearances at several recent Centrestage productions, where he has blown the audience away with his “performances” on his toy guitar.

The Lorraine youngster has become a hit at the entertainment company’s shows after being spotted strutting his stuff on the sidelines of a Centrestage show last year.

According to his music-loving and very proud parents, Jamie and Laura Britz, their son first jumped onto a table during a Johnny Clegg concert held in Port Elizabeth last year and started “jamming”.

“He just jumped on the table and started strumming his guitar and pretending to sing along. We were quite amazed. Then we started to take him to Centrestage shows and he began mimicking Wayne Kallis and copying all his moves,” Laura said.

She said her son was eventually called up on stage when he was noticed by singer Donna Africa at a later performance and, having wowed the audience, was again asked to “perform” on stage during subsequent shows – including at last week’s The J-Show at the New Cash Store in Sardinia Bay.

“We are very proud of him. We are encouraging him to enjoy himself with music. He also has a drum set which he plays on. At this stage he looks like he is set to become a rock star,” she chuckled.

Centrestage director Gary Hemmings described Jaykob as a “darling little boy who has, for some time, boldly and without a trace of fear appeared on stage at many of our shows with such charisma”.

“The boy seems an absolute natural. Every time he goes on stage, he completely wows the audience,” Hemmings said.

Kallis concurred saying the youngster had the makings of a future rock star. – Shaun Gillham

 

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